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

FRC blames ‘hate group’ designation for ‘reckless environment’ that led to shooting

Thursday, August 16, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on Thursday said he blamed the Southern Poverty Law Center for the "reckless rhetoric" that led to a shooting at the FRC headquarters on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
FRC President Tony Perkins

Is it Christian to be Anti-Gay?

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Between Chick-fil-A and Wednesday’s shooting at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) offices, there’s been a lot of discussion about something called a “hate group.” Groups such as the FRC, the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family, Public Advocate, American Family Association and many others frequently refer to themselves as “pro-family,” “pro-marriage” and sometimes “Christian” organizations... [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups issue joint statement denoucing shooting at FRC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In a joint statement, the leaders of more than two dozen national and regional LGBT advocacy groups denounced the Wednesday morning shooting that occurred in the lobby of the headquarters of the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay organizations. "We were saddened... [ Read more → ]

LGBT Center volunteer leaves guard wounded in shooting at FRC headquarters

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A gunman posing as an intern opened fire at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning after reportedly announcing his disagreement with the conservative group's policies. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins on LGBT Pride: Why not ‘Adultery Pride Month’ or ‘Drunkenness Pride Month’?

Monday, June 11, 2012
Ton Perkins insistes that the Religious Right isn’t overlooking issues like alcoholism and adultery since there aren’t people advocating for “Adultery Pride Month” or “Drunkenness Pride Month” in the same way many recognize June as LGBT Pride Month. [ Read more → ]

Perkins: Americans will never accept gay marriage because it ‘violates reason, natural law’

Monday, June 4, 2012
Recently, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and Maryland Bishop Harry Jackson sat down for a half-hour interview with CBN's David Brody to discuss President Obama's support for marriage equality and what it will mean for the 2012 election. [ Read more → ]

Tony Perkins lashes out at U.S. tourism ad for featuring gay couple

Thursday, May 31, 2012
The ad promoting tourism to the U.S. seemed innocuous enough, but Family Research Council president Tony Perkins warns that the advertising campaign is being used to “highlight same-sex attractions.” [ Read more → ]

FRC president Tony Perkins ‘accepts’ invitation to dinner with LGBT family

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, has accepted -- somewhat -- an invitation to dinner in the home of a married, same-sex couple and their family. [ Read more → ]

Good journalism: CNN’s Baldwin puts Perkins’ anti-gay views in context

Friday, May 25, 2012
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday afternoon gave an almost textbook example of how to tell a complete story when dealing with an anti-gay activist. Joining Baldwin was Tony Perkins, there to speak about his afternoon press conference opposing President Obama’s support for marriage equality. Perkins is certainly one of the loudest anti-gay activists in the country, and his voice was absolutely relevant to today’s discussion, surrounding his press conference. But he always needs to be put into context, since in front of mainstream audiences he plays a completely different character than the one he plays in front of supporters. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

American Family Association, Family Research Council attack Target for selling ‘Pride’ t-shirts

Thursday, May 24, 2012
While Target created a firestorm in 2010 for donating to a conservative group backing an anti-gay, and unsuccessful, Republican gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, the retailer now is selling t-shirts to benefit the Family Equality Council, a group representing LGBT families. Tony Perkins of the Family... [ Read more → ]

In 2006, Romney blasted same-sex marriage as ‘Blow to the Foundation of Civilization’

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Prior to launching his first run for president, Mitt Romney in 2006 addressed an event called “Liberty Sunday” at Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church where he spoke alongside anti-gay activists and attacked marriage equality as harmful to children and civilization itself. [ Read more → ]

MSNBC holds FRC President Tony Perkins accountable

Friday, May 11, 2012
There are some people whose views are so intractable that they will never – as the President put it – “evolve” on this issue. But those folks really are few and far between. To tell the full story on marriage equality, the media needs to talk to folks who have changed their minds on the issue and explore the changes that are happening in our culture that has led to a majority of Americans now supporting marriage equality. It also needs to expose the true roots of the views of people like FRC President Tony Perkins, so that Americans know who he is when he shows up in these debate segments... [ Read more → ]

Tony Perkins laments that ‘Mike and Ike’ are gay and ‘sexualizing candy’

Monday, April 23, 2012
As part of a new advertising campaign, “Mike and Ike” have announced that they are divorcing so Ike can pursue a career in the arts and Mike can fulfill his dream of becoming a “music legend,” but FRC president Tony Perkins is upset that Mike and Ike are a gay couple and said they are sexualizing candy. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins blames Secret Service prostitution scandal on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins claims that since the President has been “enforcing open homosexuality in our military” then he should not have been “upset” about the prostitution scandal, maintaining that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s repeal led to “a total breakdown” in “moral order.” [ Read more → ]

FRC itching to be humiliated again as ‘Day of Silence’ approaches

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Because the "Day of Silence" -- and the organization behind it, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) -- deals with the plight of LGBT students, they both have been in the cross hairs of religious right groups who claim that Day of Silence is simply another way to supposedly “indoctrinate” students into homosexuality... [ Read more → ]

Electronic Arts defends allowing same-sex relationships in video games

Monday, April 9, 2012
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Video game developer and distributor Electronic Arts, under fire from Christian right groups for including same-sex relationship options in their games, has dismissed the complaints, calling them political harassment. [ Read more → ]

‘Day of Dialogue’ from Focus on the Family is ‘sacred discrimination’

Sunday, April 8, 2012
I have a hair-trigger sensitivity for the protection of LGBT youth. Even if an action is wrapped in heart-themed paper and tied with a Jesus-loves-you ribbon, when there is something rotten inside, I can smell it. There is something very rotten at the core of the Day of Dialogue event sponsored by the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family. [ Read more → ]

Rick Santorum pledges to restore ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Sunday, March 18, 2012
While sitting down with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council at the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church on Sunday, Rick Santorum doubled down on his commitment to bring back the discriminatory Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. [ Read more → ]

MSNBC rejects ad exposing hate group leader’s anti-gay record

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Amid a growing outcry from progressive Christian leaders to take Family Research Council President Tony Perkins off the air, MSNBC has rejected an ad exposing his and FRC's extensive record of hate speech against gay and lesbian Americans. [ Read more → ]

Family Research Council launches fundraiser to stop ‘fake marriages’

Friday, February 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The virulently anti-gay Family Research Center has launched an aggressive new fundraising campaign to "Stop Fake Marriages" in the U.S., because, according to the FRC, 2012 could be the "tipping point" year in the battle for marriage. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality moves forward in Washington, New Jersey

Monday, February 13, 2012
Marriage equality took center stage again on Monday, with progress on both coasts -- in Washington out west, and in the east, New Jersey. [ Read more → ]

Maryland school official calls ‘ex-gay’ flyer ‘reprehensible and deplorable’

Thursday, February 9, 2012
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The superintendent of Montgomery County schools in Rockville, Md., has labeled as "reprehensible and deplorable" flyers that were sent home with high school students recently, claiming that homosexuality is a choice that can be changed. [ Read more → ]

Perkins: Gays won’t be happy with marriage equality because of an ‘Emptiness within Them’

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Citing the stories of “ex-gays,” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that gays and lesbians will always have “an emptiness within them” and will never be content with having the right to marry, as “they are operating outside of nature and outside of God’s plan and design.” [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Anti-gay, evangelical leaders endorse Rick Santorum

Sunday, January 15, 2012
The anti-gay Family Research Council and evangelical leaders have endorsed Republican candidate Rick Santorum for president amid observations that the social conservatives are unhappy with the idea of frontrunner Mitt Romney’s nomination. [ Read more → ]

The 2011 five most embarrassing moments of the anti-gay right caught on video

Friday, December 30, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, it is time yet again count down those special moments in which the religious right and other assorted members of the anti-gay industry made complete asses of themselves on video... [ Read more → ]
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