Family Research Council (FRC)

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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FRC President Tony Perkins

Family Research Council is to blame for near massacre at its headquarters

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Someone has to sit Tony Perkins down and school him on the truth. I am very certain that Perkins is already aware of this truth, but he needs to be told publicly so that everyone else can know. The Southern Poverty Law Center is not responsible for Floyd Corkins’ near massacre at FRC headquarters last year. If Perkins wants to blame someone, he should look to himself and his organization. For years, while under the guise of Biblical principles, the FRC has dehumanized the LGBT community.... [ Read more → ]
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Corkins pleads guilty in Family Research Council shooting

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to wounding a security guard at the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group, a shooting that made headlines in part because the man was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins: Child abuse ‘can only get worse’ if Boy Scouts include gays

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council once again warned that incidents of child abuse will rise if the Boy Scouts end their national prohibition on gay members. [ Read more → ]
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FRC briefs: Anti-gay laws reflect public opinion; gay rights laws reflect powerful gay lobby

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Family Research Council submitted two amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on Monday, urging it to reject challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Perkins on Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy: ‘That’s their code, morally straight’

Monday, December 17, 2012
Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, said Friday that the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy is "morally straight." [ Read more → ]
FRC President Tony Perkins

Hate group leader expresses support for Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Family Research Council, expressed support this week for parliamentarians in Uganda who are considering a measure that will impose harsher sanctions on LGBT people, as well as sentencing guidelines that could mean capital punishment for engaging in homosexual acts. [ Read more → ]
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Where are the so-called ‘family’ organizations on Black Friday?

Friday, November 23, 2012
Where are the alarm bells concerning Black Friday? Why have none of the self-described “family organizations” said that Thanksgiving is “under attack?” ... The organizations who make their living off of attacking the lives and relationships of LGBT people (who also happen to be among the loudest claiming that there’s a “War on Christmas”) have been utterly silent that Thanksgiving, perhaps the most family-oriented holiday on our American calendar, is becoming a holiday dedicated to fighting other shoppers for the lowest deals. [ Read more → ]
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Perkins: If Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage, it could lead to ‘revolution’

Friday, November 9, 2012
While discussing the string of election night victories for marriage equality on Thursday, Tony Perkins declared that if the Supreme Court legalizes it Christian conservatives will never accept it because, like abortion, they know that "it's unnatural for two men to be married." [ Read more → ]
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Kirk Cameron: Defeat Obama to ‘hold back the flood of moral and spiritual evil’

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Kirk Cameron told his fellow anti-Obama activists Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association that Christians must use the election to “hold back the flood of moral and spiritual evil that has been pouring into the country and give moms and dads and grandparents the opportunity to begin rebuilding morality and spirituality.” [ Read more → ]
Floyd L. Corkins II (Booking photo)

Family Research Council shooter charged with committing act of terrorism

Thursday, October 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The man accused of opening fire and shooting a security guard inside the offices of the Family Research Council in August, will face seven new charges when he appears in federal court on Friday, including committing an act of terrorism while armed. [ Read more → ]
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Minister describes gays as ‘predators’ during Maryland marriage rally

Monday, October 22, 2012
BALTIMORE — A California pastor referred to gays as as “predators” during an event against same-sex marriage at a local black church on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

Conservative columnist: Ryan made a mistake speaking at ‘Values Voter Summit’

Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Washington Post’s conservative political columnist Dana Milbank, in his column Friday, openly criticized GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan for his appearance Friday morning to speak before attendees at the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit.” [ Read more → ]
Family Research Council Tony Perkins speaks before a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 12.

FRC’s Tony Perkins advises parents not to ‘condone and enable’ homosexuality

Thursday, September 13, 2012
A prominent social conservative leader compared homosexuality to drug use on Wednesday while urging parents not to “condone and enable” a child being gay. [ Read more → ]
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Human rights groups urge public officials not to attend ‘Values Voter Summit’

Thursday, September 13, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A coalition of human rights groups is calling on public officials not to attend this week's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because its host, the Family Research Council, has spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and because one of its co-sponsors, the American Family Association, has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins: Starbucks’ support for marriage equality led to billions in losses

Friday, September 7, 2012
In a radio bulletin that either reveals a stunning level of ignorance or sheer insanity, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said that the National Organization for Marriage’s campaign to boycott Starbucks over its stance on gay rights called “Dump Starbucks”—which so far has collected fewer than 50,000 signers—is responsible for a $10 billion loss in profits. [ Read more → ]
FRC President Tony Perkins

Family Research Council’s attacks on the SPLC are ‘dishonest’

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Do words have consequences? For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. ... when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at rates far higher than their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT people end up, much more frequently than most people realize, at the wrong end of a baseball bat... [ Read more → ]
Floyd L. Corkins II (Booking photo)

FRC shooting suspect found mentally competent, pleads not guilty

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, a former part-time volunteer for D.C.’s LGBT community center, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday to three charges related to last week’s shooting at the downtown D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay groups. [ Read more → ]
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FRC gunman indicted by federal grand jury

Thursday, August 23, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Virginia man who entered the the lobby of the conservative anti-gay group, the Family Research Council, on August 15 and shot a security guard, was indicted Wednesday on federal charges related to the incident. [ Read more → ]
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‘Violence is violence and the culture that creates it is responsible’

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Violence is violence and the culture that creates it is responsible. There is a difference between denouncing violence and inciting violence – this seems obvious but this past week has shown us that the line between these two is slim. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT activists: Proposed GOP platform ‘out-of-step’ with mainstream American values

Monday, August 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Early reports Monday that the Republican National Party platform might contain language that would soften the GOP's view on LGBT rights were dashed by late afternoon as documents showed that party leadership had asked virulently anti-gay president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, to assist in drafting language relating to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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FRC calls SPLC ‘Evil,’ ‘Anti-American,’ ‘Anti-Semitic,’ ‘Anti-Christian,’ ‘Marxist,’ ‘Dangerous’

Monday, August 20, 2012
On Friday, FRC’s second in command – Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin – appeared on the Glenn Beck Program and called the SPLC an “anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, Marxist organization.” Continuing, he said that the SPLC is an “evil group of people” who “are dangerous.” [ Read more → ]
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Family Research Council — The destruction continues…

Saturday, August 18, 2012
There is absolutely no doubt that FRC, along with more than a dozen other “Christian” based organizations lie about LGBT people. And this is the root of the escalating tension: the propagation of lies. This does damage. This oppresses fellow humans. Those who continue to do this all use the Bible to validate their oppression, making it extremely vile to many Christians. You can only push on and denigrate people for so long before it boils over... [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins: ‘Clear link’ between FRC shooting and Obama administration policies

Friday, August 17, 2012
After trying to blame the Southern Poverty Law Center for the deplorable shooting that occurred at the Family Research Council’s office this week, FRC president Tony Perkins today also implicated the Obama administration in the shooting. [ Read more → ]
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Setting the record straight on the FRC’s ‘hate group’ designation

Friday, August 17, 2012
Political disagreement is never a justification for violence, but the FRC should not seek to exploit this tragedy in an attempt to gloss over the organization’s long and documented record of anti-gay extremism. [ Read more → ]
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FRC shooter held without bond, ordered to undergo mental evaluation

Thursday, August 16, 2012
WASHINGTON — Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition as a result of Wednesday’s shooting incident at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington. [ Read more → ]
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