The Australian Christian Lobby's new legal arm, the Human Rights Law Alliance, will likely follow the pattern of litigation pursued by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a US -based homophobic group responsible for test cases and legal challenges that try to enforce a hard-line Christian version of the law.

Former ACL chief of staff and managing director of the Human Rights Law Alliance Martyn Iles confirmed to Crikey this week that the alliance had been founded and funded by the loud and influential lobby group in order to use the courts to defend freedoms of "conscience, religion and belief".

Senior counsel and senior vice president of training at the ADF, Jeffery Ventrella, was a star attraction at the Australian Christian Lobby's annual conference in April this year. Before the conference, ACL head Lyle Shelton defended Ventrella's appearance, saying: