About: Founded in 1997 by anti-LGBTQ attorney Brad Dacus, PJI and its network of affiliated attorney has staked ground as the key legal nonprofit for so-called "family values" and "religious freedom" cases that take place on the West Coast. Both in an outside the courtroom, PJI and its attorneys have served as vocal and visible advocates against LGBTQ equality, most notably in PJI's home base of California.

  • PJI fought in support of Proposition 8, the unconstitutional ballot initiative that temporarily banned marriage equality in CA.
  • PJI fought against a state ban on the scientifically discredited practice known as "conversion therapy."
  • PJI has fought against a California state law allowing transgender students to use the accurate restroom.
  • PJI has fought against LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in CA

In 2014, the respected civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center designated PJI as an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

While based in Sacramento, CA, PJI has been opening up branch offices in other west coast states. As of 2020, they have branched into Nevada, Washington state, and further east into Colorado. 

 

Staff Bios:

BRAD DACUS

-- While serving as a spokesperson for Prop 8, compared stopping marriage equality to stopping the Nazis: "There was another time in history when people, when the bell tolled. And the question was whether or not they were going to hear it. The time was during Nazi Germany with Adolf Hitler. You see he brought crowds of clergy together to assure them that he was going to look after the church. And one of the members, bold and courageous, Reverend Niemand made his way to the front and (inaudible) said "Hitler, we are not concerned about the church. Jesus Christ will take care of the church. We are concerned about the soul of Germany.' Embarrassed and chagrined, his peers quickly shuffled him to the back. And as they did Adolf Hitler said, 'The soul of Germany, you can leave that to me.' And they did, and because they did bombs did not only fall upon the nation of Germany, but also upon the church and their testimony to this very day. Let us not make that mistake folks. Let us hear the bell! Vote on Proposition 8!"

-- Repeatedlty pushes the lie that transgender people statistically die before the age of thirty, regardless of their level of support/affirmation. (2:00–10:00)

-- In one of the first cases to earn him public attention, Dacus defended a pastor who said gay people are abmoinations who deserve to be stoned to death

-- Using junk science, claims that homosexuality is more dangerous than cigarette smoking: "[P]arents know that the homosexual lifestyle gives for boys an average lifespan of the age of 40. It’s worse than being a chain cigarette smoker."

-- Refers to law protecting transgender students as "hideous;" claims it will lead to "many casualties"

-- Says a law designed to protect transgender students will turn CA schools "into a horror film"

-- Prays for LGBTQ people to be freed from "Satan's dominion"

-- His organization fabricated a story about a transgender teenager harassing other students; when story broke, Dacus accused those challenging his organization's version of events of "trying to supress the truth"

-- Asserts that marriage equality for same-sex couples could lead to incestuous unions: "If the Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and that the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional, then we’re basically going to have an open heyday for homosexual marriage as well as other kinds of 'marriage' being introduced and being protected through this case law precedent, such as polygamy, perhaps adult incest and who knows what else will be attempted to be added on."

-- Equates LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum with bullying, writing: Most parents do not want their first through fifth graders bombarded with pro-homosexual messages at school. If LGBTQ advocates really want to stop name-calling and bullying, they should start with themselves.”

-- Claims that by fighting for a marriage system that discriminates against same-sex couples, he is "fighting for the soul of Western civilization"

-- Launched website called "GenderInsanity.com," which fights transgender protections in schools and gay inclusion in Boy Scouts; says of the site: "Forcing boys and girls to share bathrooms, locker rooms and sleeping arrangements is not equality; it is insanity."

-- Says if America is to remain compassionate and loving, "then we’re not going to want to salute something that is so dangerous and so destructive statistically to so many people who decide to engage in it.” 

-- A strong supporter of scientifically-discredited "ex-gay" therapy, claims that over 80% of those who enter into this kind of therapy ultimately "change": "I know it’s at least over 80%, I believe it’s 80-85% success rate. These are people who leave the lifestyle, get married to people, have children, and enter heterosexual relationships. It’s a big mass of deception that they are trying to carry out at the expense of many hundreds of thousands or millions of youths who will be led down a path of death and destruction, unfortunately, if they get away with this"

-- Claimed a law designed to limit scientifically-discredited "ex-gay" counseling is "a gross and outrageous violation against humanity"

-- Co-authored (with his wife) a document called "Reclaim Your School," which is strongly geared toward stopping LGBT acceptance in public schools

-- Says LGBTQ leaders lead kids "into a path of death and destruction" (@ 14:30)

-- Claims LGBTQ History month is meant to make society and kids "numb" about "the lifestyle" of homosexuality; adds that the month is meant to "market homosexuality as acceptable, valid lifestyles"

-- Falsely claimed that LGBTQ History month "promotes gay porn to kids"

-- Warns of the "flooding" of marriage-bound gays: "Massachusetts becomes the 'sicker patient in the hospital,' by far, if we in California are successful in amending our state constitution as, once again, between one man and one woman," said Dacus. "Massachusetts will then be the place, instead of California, where homosexual couples fly to...get married....[T]hat's just a major leak in the dam that's got to be patched up...if we're going to keep a major flooding of the homosexual agenda from being poured out on all the states across the country," he warns.

-- Fought law designed to protect LGBTQ people from hate crimes (the same way others, including religious people, are protected), calling it "unjust," "unneccesary," and "unwise"

-- Served as counsel for a parent who tried to have a public school teacher fired simply because she led a classroom discussion on the coming-out episode of the TV show Ellen

 

KEVIN SNIDER

-- Argued in favor of scientically discredited "conversion therapy" because "psychology cannot render an opinion on the existence of God, angels and demons, or the claim of a spiritual event regarding deliverance from same-sex sexual temptation or behavior."

-- Opposed LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum because "[t]o give one group the sole voice in safe-school instruction was an attempt to teach impressionable children that the LGBT lifestyle is both moral and normative."

-- Opposed a measure requiring foster caregivers to use accurate pronouns for transgender children because it would "empower troubled teens with legal authority to choose their own names and correct the grammar of their parents."

-- Defended a student who wore a "homosexuality is wrong" t-shirt to school, bemoaning that "[i]t is regrettable when parents have to choose which right their child will be deprived of - free speech or a public education.”

-- Has insisted that his anti-transgender view is simply "biological reality": “There are people in the entertainment and journalistic media who think that I and other people like me are bigots because we still believe in biological reality,”

 

MATTHEW MCREYNOLDS

-- Was behind a made-up claim of a transgender student supposedly harassing classmates in the bathroom.

-- Has admitted that he believes transgender people are "unhealthy": "What we believe, you know, the health and wellbeing of kids who are in this situation entails and so from out perspective, you don’t lead to healthier outcomes by enabling potentially unhealthy behavior."

-- Insisted that scientifically-discredited "conversion therapy" should be allowed because of free speech: "It's very concerning to us that so many people are willing to ignore or overlook free speech concerns when the issue involves gay issues and gay rights."

 

MICHAEL PEFFER

-- Is a law professor at Trinity Law School, an institution that includes "homosexual behavior" among its forbidden activities.

-- "Both sides"-ed the marriage equality conversation, representing a professor who sought the right to push his anti-gay, anti-equality agenda in his classroom, claiming that opposing marriage equality is on equal footing with supporting its legality.

 

RAY HACKE

-- Applauded a lesbian soccer player who refused to wear a Pride-themed jersey.

-- A part-time sportswriter, Hacke has written extensively about his opposition to transgender girls and women in sports, routinely misgendering the athletes in the process.

-- Bluntly misgendered a minor child against whom he was fighting int court: "And make no mistake, Tyler is a girl"

 

JORGE RAMOS

-- Calls it "troubling" that public school teachers in Washington state are required to respect students' gender identity. (1:00–10:00)

-- Has represented multiple Washington state residents who've tried to disrupt "Drag Queen Story Hour" events in their community.

 

EMILY MIMNAUGH

-- Created a handbook to instruct Nevada parents on how to respond to the "LGBTQ agenda" (begins around 16:30)

 

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