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The Family Research Council (FRC) is a conservative Christian group and lobbying organization founded in 1981 by James Dobson, and currently headed by its president, Tony Perkins.

The FRC promotes what it considers to be traditional family values, by advocating and lobbying for socially conservative policies. It opposes and lobbies against LGBT rights (such as same-sex marriage and LGBT adoption), abortion, divorce, embryonic stem-cell research and pornography. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center classified the FRC as an anti-gay hate group.

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Sen. Ted Cruz to join anti-gay activists in honoring his father

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Next month, Rick Scarborough's Vision America will host its annual "Heroes of Faith Gala" where the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins will receive the 2014 "National Hero of Faith Award" and Rafael Cruz, a Religious Right activist and father of Sen. Ted Cruz, will be honored with the "Don Wildmon Award," named for the founder of the American Family Association.

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Perkins: Christian businesses should donate LGBT profits to ex-gay ministries

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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For conservatives, non-discrimination laws are another nail in the coffin of religious freedom. On Monday’s “Washington Watch,” host Tony Perkins lamented how increasingly difficult it is for Christian business owners to actively discriminate against and refuse service to LGBT people or same-sex couples based on their “religious views on sexuality.”

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For marriage equality opponents, the losing streak continues to grow

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
Christine Weick protests outside a federal courthouse on March 3, 2014, before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit. Faced with a losing streak, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable. Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying on Thursday, June 19, at a March for Marriage in Washington.
For foes of same-sex marriage, their losing streak keeps growing. Some sense a lost cause, others vow to fight on. On Election Day in 2012, they went 0-for-4 on state ballot measures. A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages. And over the past seven months, more than a dozen...

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Tony Perkins calls on parents to remove kids from public schools after principal comes out

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Friday, June 6, 2014
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Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is urging parents across the country to pull their children out of public schools in response to a Washington, D.C., principal’s decision to come out to his students and school staff.

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FRC spokesman links Calif. killing spree to advancement of same-sex marriage

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell on Tuesday linked the Isla Vista mass killings to marriage equality laws, which he claimed are destroying the culture.

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Franklin Graham: Don’t call me ‘homophobic’ just because you’re going to hell

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch | Friday, May 23, 2014
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Franklin Graham spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Walls conference yesterday where he told the assembled pastors that they needed to be willing to have their heads chopped off for speaking the truth that gays are bound for hell.

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Richard Land ‘exposes’ the ‘Dirty Little Secret’ of the gay community

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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While filling in for Washington Watch host Tony Perkins on Tuesday, Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land and guest Donna Rice Hughes of the anti-pornography group Enough Is Enough agreed that sexual abuse causes homosexuality.

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Gay marriage foe, former Fox Sports broadcaster Craig James joins FRC

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Former college football broadcaster Craig James has joined the conservative Family Research Council, where he said he would fight against the kind of "religious bigotry" he blames for his firing by Fox Sports after expressing opposition to gay marriage.

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Southern Baptist Convention leader: Gays are pawns of Satan

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Friday, March 28, 2014
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On “Washington Watch” on Thursday, Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council sat down with Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land to discuss of Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein, who is loathed by the Religious Right for his work against religious coercion in the military.

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