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Conservative group says AARP promotes radical "homosexual agenda"

Not usually a target of anti-LGBT ire, the AARP has been accused of being a fringe organization


Katie McDonough
May 16, 2013 8:16PM (UTC)

The American Family Association has accused the American Association of Retired Persons of being a fringe organization that promotes a "homosexual agenda" that does not represent older American's "values and standards."

Why? Because, in addition to coupons for Outback Steakhouse and discounts on prescription refills, the retiree organization's website has a page to provide "resources, news, and other topics of interest to older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their family and friends."

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As Zack Ford at ThinkProgress notes, LGBT adults and seniors face unique challenges later in life, like navigating Social Security benefits, estate taxes and other issues; AARP's resource center addresses those needs.

The AARP's inclusive policy to serve all of its members equally prompted AFA to issue a statement accusing the group of using member fees to advocate "special rights for immoral behavior."

AFA executive vice president Buddy Smith added: "Be very careful that you know what your fees are going for because the AARP is not on your side. If you are a Christian and believe in biblical values, you can pretty much count on the fact that everything that you are in favor of, the AARP is opposing."

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Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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