Ministry drops bias claims against charity-tracking website

October 2, 2017 GMT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Florida-based evangelical ministry that sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group has agreed to dismiss its related claims against a website that maintains a massive database of information about U.S. charities.

D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, didn’t explain in a court filing Thursday why it voluntarily dismissed its federal lawsuit’s claims against GuideStar USA Inc.

The Christian organization still has discrimination claims pending against the Alabama-based law center and Inc.

The Alabama-based law center has called the ministry a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.

The lawsuit says excluded the ministry from a donation program because of the label. GuideStar had flagged dozens of nonprofits as hate groups based on the law center’s labels.