It was asked on a website for proof that Americans for Truth About Homosexuality made itself a civil rights group for gays and lesbians. Well, here is rock-solid proof that non-profit organizations add their own NTEE codes–this is not something that the IRS does.
Go to http://www.guidestar.org/npo/index.jsp. At the bottom, in the section called "More Info", click on eDoc–try the demo. This will bring up a demonstration for how people fill out their non-profit reports. Go to slide 12. It is here where organizations ADD THEIR OWN NTEE CODES. The directions clearly state that if you aren’t sure of which codes to enter, then then give a link to the NTEE code lists. Clearly LaBarbera added the code of R26. His name is on the form. If he didn’t do it, then who did?
Therefore, the question that still has not been answered is why exactly does AFTAH list themselves as a gay and lesbian organization fighting for civil rights?