This was a long tome coming, but the Southern Poverty Law Center has basically sacrificed it's last shred of of credibility. They're now labeling pretty much any conservative and traditional christian organization a 'hate group.' They're adding 13 new groups to the list of hate groups for opposing homosexuality. Now some of those groups do appear to be a bit extreme, but others such as the Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage are hardly outside the political mainstream, and still others seem to be condemned by the SPLC for no reason other than adhering to biblical teaching on homosexuality.
Regardless of what you think about gay marriage, the reality is that a majority of Americans oppose it — including one Barack Obama. Yet, according to the SPLC, the National Organization for Marriage is damnable because:
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is dedicated to fighting same-sex marriage in state legislatures, was organized in 2007 by conservative syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher and Princeton University politics professor Robert George. George is an influential Christian thinker who co-authored the 2009 “Manhattan Declaration,” a manifesto developed after a New York meeting of conservative church leaders that “promises resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same sex marriage.”
The SPLC then goes on to damn NOM because — I'm not making this up — because a bus driver who once worked for them falsely claimed to be a part of the organization and made some controversial statements. Beyond that, we're left with an organization so vile that it opposes abortion and gay marriage and was founded by a Princeton professor! Obviously, gay marriage is a hot button issue and a lot of people strenuously oppose the Christian right, but running around accusing these people of being in league with hate groups doesn't do the political discourse any favors.