10 Facts about the Family Research Council

Updated 09/24/2014:

This Friday the Family Research Council (FRC) is set to kick off its “Values Voter Summit,” an annual conclave of right-wing politicians, candidates, thought leaders and activists who gather in our nation’s capital to discuss a myriad of issues and ideas germane to FRC’s extremist agenda.  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has deemed the organization a hate group and the Summit has been condemned frequently over the years for its inclusion of many radical participants.  This year in anticipation of the 2014 Value Voter Summit, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has published a list of ten grievances exposing a select few of FRC’s most extreme anti-LGBT positions and actions.

FRC’s Values Voters Summit, an influential watering hole for many anti-LGBT politicians with national ambitions, provides a platform for candidates to spew anti-LGBT vitriol, including Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. At past Values Voters Summits, speakers have compared same-sex couples getting married to drug use and people marrying children and dogs.

Sen. Ted Cruz Was Scheduled To Speak At The Family Research Council’s 2014 Values Voter Summit. According to their website, Sen. Ted Cruz was a confirmed speaker for the 2014 Values Voter Summit. [ValuesVotersSummit.org, Accessed 9/3/14]

When Asked If A Christian Cake Maker Should Have to Make a Wedding Cake For A Same Sex Wedding, Cruz Said “I Don’t Think The Law Should Be Forcing Americans to Violate Their Religious Faith.” Asked at the Houston Baptist University Forum on Faith in the Public Square what he thinks Christians should be required to do if asked to provide services such as baking a cake for a same sex wedding that they disagree with, Cruz said, “‘Look, I work in the U.S. Congress. But at the same time, I don’t think the law should be forcing Americans to violate their religious faith.’ Cruz offered a pending legal case [involving nuns providing contraception to employees] as an example.… ‘Now, these Catholic nuns don’t want to [provide contraception], and the idea that the federal government would be going after Catholic nuns, trying to force them to violate their religious faith, really demonstrates how utterly unmoored we have come from the constitutional liberties this country was founded on,’ Cruz said.” [Raw Story, 5/7/14, VIDEO]

Cruz Defended Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s Homophobic Commentary By Saying ‘There Was A Time That That Was Not Considered To Be A Controversial Statement.’ According to the Texas Observer, at an event for Conservative Republicans of Texas, “Cruz lived up to their expectations. ‘From the dawn of time, marriage has been the foundation of our civilization. The basic building block, going back to the Garden, where God said it was not good for man to be alone. And so God made Adam a companion from his own rib so they might live together and raise children up in the world.’ Heterosexual marriage was the bedrock of the natural order. ‘There was a time that that was not considered to be a controversial statement,’ [Cruz] said. ‘There was a time that a duck hunter in Louisiana wouldn’t be threatened with losing his TV show for saying something like that.’” [Texas Observer, 6/6/14]

Ted Cruz Warned That Next Step in Gay Marriage Battle is Charging Christian Pastors with Hate Speech. In an interview with CBN, Cruz said, “If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced. It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage. And that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech, as inconsistent with the ‘enlightened’ view of government, and I think there is no doubt that the advocates who are driving this effort in the United States want to see us end up in that same place.” [CBN, The Brody File, 7/23/13]

Sen. Rick Santorum Was Scheduled To Speak At The Family Research Council’s 2014 Values Voter Summit. According to their website, Sen. Rick Santorum was a confirmed speaker for the 2014 Values Voter Summit. [ValuesVotersSummit.org, Accessed 9/3/14]

Santorum Said “I Love My Friends, My Brother. Heck, I Even Love My Mother-In-Law. Should We Call These Relationships Marriage, Too?” According to Think Progress, in a Philadelphia Inquirer column, Santorum said, “Look at Norway. It began allowing same-sex marriage in the 1990s. In just the last decade, its heterosexual-marriage rates have nose-dived and its out-of-wedlock birthrate skyrocketed to 80 percent for firstborn children. Too bad for those kids who probably won’t have a dad around, but we can’t let the welfare of children stand in the way of social affirmation, can we? But what about love? That’s the question a student asked this winter when I spoke at Georgetown University. Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too? Marriage is and always has been more than the acknowledgment of the love between two people.” [Think Progress, 5/22/08]

Santorum Equated Same-Sex Marriage With Polygamy, “Man On Child, Man On Dog” Acts. In an interview with the Associated Press, Santorum said, “And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does…. You say, well, it's my individual freedom. Yes, but it destroys the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that's antithetical to strong healthy families. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, where it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family. Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality….And that's sort of where we are in today's world, unfortunately.” [Associated Press, 4/23/03]

Gov. Mike Huckabee Was Scheduled To Speak At The Family Research Council’s 2014 Values Voter Summit. According to their website, Gov. Mike Huckabee was a confirmed speaker for the 2014 Values Voter Summit. [ValuesVotersSummit.org, Accessed 9/3/14]

Mike Huckabee Attacked Transgender Students At Values Voters 2013, Claiming Boys Would Pretend To Be Transgender To Sneak Into Girls Locker Room. According to the Washington Blade, “‘So, Jerry Brown, the governor of California, this week signed a bill — by the same legislature that passed a bill that said if six-year-olds, who are biologically boys think that they are really girls, that they should be able to go to the girls restroom,” Huckabee said. “And if they’re 16 and they really — maybe you’re biologically all male but they identify as female, they should be able to go to the locker room with, shower with, and play on the sports teams of the girls. And, to those of us who believe that there is a difference between male and female, we would say ‘We have been told you’re on your own.’… ‘And by the way, it is a good thing that that didn’t come up when I was in high school ’cause I’m pretty sure that every boy in my high school would have suddenly felt like that he was just a little more comfortable showering with the girls no matter how uncomfortable the girls might have been with it,’ Huckabee said.” [Washington Blade, 10/14/13]

Huckabee Called For Impeachment Of Judge Striking Down Marriage Ban In Arkansas. According to Newsmax, “Mike Huckabee is calling for impeachment of a judge who overturned a ban on gay marriage that Huckabee put into law as governor of Arkansas 17 years ago. Huckabee, who served as the state's governor from 1996 to 2007, signed a law in 1997 that made same-sex marriage illegal in Arkansas. But Judge Christopher Piazza ruled Friday that the law was unconstitutional. Now Huckabee, a potential Republican candidate for president in the 2016 election, is calling for current Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, to begin the impeachment process. "The governor should call a special session of the legislature and impeach the judge and affirm the people's will," Huckabee said, as reported by The Hill. "If the people wish to allow same-sex marriage, they can put that matter on the ballot and vote for it." Huckabee continued: Piazza ‘decided that he is singularly more powerful than the 135 elected legislators of the state, the elected governor, and 75 percent of the voters of the state. Apparently he mistook his black robe for a cape and declared himself to be 'SUPER LAWMAKER!'’” [Newsmax, 5/12/14]

Huckabee Compared LGBT Marriage Equality To Incest, Polygamy, and Drug Use, Also Said LGBT Couples Should Not Be Allowed To Adopt Because “Children Aren’t Puppies”. According to the Associated Press, “Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use. Huckabee also told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt. ‘Children are not puppies,’ he said. Huckabee visited The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., last Wednesday to speak to the Student Government Association. He also was interviewed by a campus news magazine, The Perspective, which published an article on Friday. Huckabee told the interviewer that not every group's interests deserve to be accommodated, if their lifestyle is outside of what he called ‘the ideal.’ ‘That would be like saying, well there's there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?’ he said, according to a transcript of the interview.” [Associated Press, 4/13/10]

With more than $50 million raised over the last four years reported to the IRS, FRC promotes the dangerous – and debunked – idea that people can and should try to change their sexual orientation, and that even if you can’t stop “involuntary attraction,” you can just not act on it. Easy, right? Except every major medical and mental health organization in the country has condemned practices aimed at trying to change a person’s sexual orientation.  Why does FRC continue to rely on discredited research and anecdotal evidence?

FRC Wrote That “Some People Change Their Sexual Orientation” Which “Seriously Undermines The Myth That People Are ‘Born Gay And Can’t Change.’” FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg wrote on FRC’s blog, “The fact that some people change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual (some spontaneously as a developmental change, some through religious counseling, and some through professional therapy) is a big problem for the homosexual movement. It seriously undermines the myth that people are ‘born gay and can’t change.’ This myth is essential to making the public believe that disapproval of (or even failure to actively affirm and celebrate) men choosing to have sex with men and women choosing to have sex with women is exactly as loathsome as ‘discrimination’ based on race.” [FRCBlog, 8/29/14]

Perkins Claimed Same-Sex Attractions Can Be Changed And Gay People Can Be “Transformed” Through Jesus Christ. In an October 11 op-ed in the Washington Post, Tony Perkins implied that same-sex attractions could be changed through “the power of Jesus Christ”, “Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal--yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are "born gay" and can never change. This--and not society's disapproval--may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide. The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope--hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.” [Washington Post10/11/10]

FRC: “Involuntary” Attractions Are “No Excuse” For Failing To Control Same-Sex Behavior. In a 2007 FRC report entitled “Homosexuality Is Not a Civil Right,” FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg wrote, “Attractions are indeed ‘involuntary.’ But people do choose, and can be held responsible for, what overt sexual behaviors they actually engage in. A heterosexual married man might feel sexually attracted to a woman who is not his wife, but if he acts on that attraction, he is rightly condemned for an act of adultery. The fact that his sexual attraction was ‘involuntary’ is no excuse for failing to control his actual behavior.” [Family Research Council, “Homosexuality Is Not A Civil Right,” 2007]

FRC: “Homosexual Attractions May Be Involuntary” But Not Immutable. In a 2010 FRC Report entitled “The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality,” FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg wrote: “Homosexual attractions may be involuntary (but they are not immutable); engaging in homosexual relations, however, is clearly voluntary.” [Family Research Council, “The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality,” 2010, emphasis original]

FRC Urged Opposition To Reparative Therapy Bans, Arguing Sexual Orientation Can Change “And Such Changes Are Especially Common Among Young People.” On its website, while arguing against bans on reparative therapy, FRC said “Q: Are people born gay? A: No research has ever proven that a homosexual orientation is determined at birth…. Q: Can someone's sexual orientation change over time? A: Yes -- and such changes are especially common among young people….Q: Can ‘sexual reorientation therapy’ or other ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ (SOCE) be effective in helping people to change their sexual orientation? A: Research, clinical experience, and personal testimonies all give evidence that SOCE can help people to change.” In conclusion, FRC stated, “Laws banning sexual orientation change efforts for minors take freedom away from therapists, from parents, and from young people desiring help. The evidence does not support such bans, and they therefore represent an assault upon both truth and freedom.” [FRC Website, Accessed 9/4/14]

FRC Testified In Opposition To D.C. Proposed Reparative Therapy Ban To D.C. Council Claiming “Abundant Anecdotal Evidence” That “Ex-Gay” Therapies Work. In testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Health in opposition to Bill 20-501 (the “Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment of 2013”), FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg said, “At the heart of the attacks on sexual reorientation therapy are two claims—that such therapies are ineffective, and that they are harmful. However, there is abundant anecdotal evidence that such therapies work—that is, people who say that they were helped by such therapies to change from predominantly homosexual to predominantly heterosexual. There is also scientific evidence. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality has cited ‘600 reports of clinicians, researchers, and former clients—primarily from professional and peer-reviewed scientific journals” which show that ‘reorientation treatment has been helpful to many.’” [FRC, Testimony In Opposition to Bill 20-501, Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Health, 6/27/14]

FRC says the best way to keep young people from committing suicide is to make sure they all know homosexuality is wrong, and to avoid creating welcoming environments for people who may be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.  FRC’s Peter Sprigg: “the most effective way of reducing teen suicide attempts is not to create a positive social environment for the affirmation of homosexuality. Instead, it would be to discourage teens from self-identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.” (FRC Blog, 4/28/2011)

FRC hates Girl Scout Cookies and the Girl Scouts who sell them, just because the Girl Scouts of the USA are open to all girls, including transgender scouts. FRC has sought to publicly shame transgender scouts for being themselves and the organization that supports them.  And FRC previously supported the Boy Scouts for excluding gay scouts, but now they hate them too.  When the Boy Scouts of American (BSA) was still considering changing its policy to allow openly gay scouts, FRC paid a lot of money to run an ad in the nation’s largest newspaper to oppose it.  It later said lifting the ban would “dramatically alter the culture and moral landscape of America.”

The Family Research Council, Along With “Dozens Of Other Organizations,” Placed A Half-Page Ad In USA Today Against The Boy Scouts’ Change Of Policy Toward Openly LGBT Leaders. CNN reported, “Changing the policy against having openly gay leaders or scouts ‘would be a grave mistake,’ the conservative Family Research Council and dozens of other organizations said in a half-page ad printed in USA Today on Monday, calling on the Boy Scouts to ‘show courage’ and ‘stand firm for timeless values.’” (CNN, 2/4/13)

FRC President Tony Perkins Said LGBT Boy Scouts “Doesn’t Pass The Parent Test.” According to CNN, “FRC's president Tony Perkins echoes this sentiment [against gay scouts] on Starting Point this morning, saying that ‘the question before the Scouts is are we going to continue on our mission or are we going to cave into corporate dollars.’ Explaining that he wouldn't let his daughters go on a camping trip with heterosexual males, Perkins says that having gays in the Boy Scouts doesn't ‘pass the parent test.’ ‘The Boy Scouts have had a long history of struggling with an issue of protecting the boys,’ Perkins says. ‘They have not been able to create the perfect environment but they’re doing what they can. The question they need to ask is will this help us and will it make for a safer environment.’” [CNN, 2/6/13, VIDEO]

The Family Research Council Sponsored A Live Online Event Titled “Stand With Scouts Sunday.” The Daily Dispatch reported, “Passions also run deep on the other side, as evidenced by a live online event titled "Stand With Scouts Sunday" presented May 5 by the conservative Family Research Council. The council opposes lifting the ban on gay youth, saying such a change ‘will dramatically alter the culture and moral landscape of America.’” (Daily Dispatch, 5/19/13)

FRC Defended Boy Scouts Anti-LGBT Policy After UPS Ended Charitable Donations To The Scouts. After UPS ended charitable donations to the Boy Scouts of America due to their anti-gay policies, FRC responded, “What UPS and other corporations refuse to acknowledge is that the Scouts’ policy isn’t a matter of intolerance–but security. After hundreds of cases of child sex abuse plagued the organization, the BSA tried to create a membership criteria in the best interest of kids’ safety and parents’ rights. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have paid millions–possibly hundreds of millions–to boys victimized by same-sex predators. And the financial toll was nothing compared to the emotional trauma of these children, whose lives are forever scarred by those encounters. For more than 100 years, the Scouts have focused on instilling character and leadership into America’s boys. They aren’t about to compromise that mission just to placate liberal companies and activists.” [Think Progress, 11/14/12]

FRC Urged A Boycott Of Girl Scout Cookies Over Their Promotion Of “Sexual Diversity” And For Allowing Transgender Scouts.” On his radio show, Perkins said, “Someone else has their hand in the Girl Scouts cookie jar--and it's not who think. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There are plenty of politics behind that box of Thin Mints, and you should know what they are before you go buying one. As sweet as the girls are, a lot of that cookie dough goes to straight to the group's political agenda. When they aren't partnering with Planned Parenthood, they're promoting sexual ‘diversity.’ Last year, the Girl Scouts decided to admit boys who dress as girls--which shouldn't come as a surprise, says FRC's Cathy Ruse, since they have a cross-dresser in their front office. And that's not all. "Earlier this month, a Girl Scout Employee... made the mistake of stopping by the office to do extra work on her own time in a T-shirt [that said] 'Pray to End Abortion.' A supervisor ordered her to turn the shirt inside out or leave the office. She left, for good." So, says Cathy Ruse, should we all.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/24/12]

FRC Claimed The Girl Scouts ‘Encourage Promiscuity’ And Engage In ‘Child Abuse’ For Supporting Wendy Davis And Allowing Transgender Girl To Join A Brownie Troop. According to Right Wing Watch, “In December, the Girl Scouts tweeted a link to a HuffPost Women article called, ‘These Incredible Ladies Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013.’ The article included a HuffPost Live video in which panelists mentioned Malala Yousafzai, Beyoncé Knowles and Wendy Davis as their picks for Woman of the Year. The mention of Davis, the Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate who gained international attention for her filibuster of a bill curtailing abortion rights, infuriated anti-choice activists, who then attacked the Girl Scouts for linking to the post. Such criticisms are nothing new from the Right. The FRC frequently lambasts and even prays against the Girl Scouts. In 2012, the group launched a boycott of Girl Scout cookies. Ruse alleged to Perkins that the leadership of the Girl Scouts is encouraging promiscuity and abortion and that the group’s decision to let a transgender girl join a Brownie troop amounted to “child abuse.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/13/14]

FRC thinks that transgender people “threaten the public safety of women and children” when given access to necessary legal rights and protections. According to FRC’s Peter Sprigg, trans women are either peeping toms, rapists or pedophiles.  Yet Sprigg offers no evidence to back up this assertion.  That’s because it's entirely false.  What is true is that trans people face exponentially higher levels of discrimination and prejudice than people who are not transgender, thanks in large part to the harmful and misleading propaganda distributed by groups like FRC. 

FRC Said That Gender Identity Protections Allowing Transgender Individuals To Use Bathrooms Reflecting Their Gender Identity Threatened The Safety Of Women and Children And Created “Legitimized Access That Sexual Predators Tend To Seek.” On the FRC Website, FRC’s Peter Sprigg said in response to gender identity protections, including those allowing transgender individuals to use bathrooms that better reflect their gender identity, “The government should never purposefully threaten the public safety of women and children by creating the legitimized access that sexual predators tend to seek….It would be impossible for a young girl to determine whether or not the man in the restroom is a "peeping tom," a rapist or a pedophile, and it is unconscionable for any legislator to purposefully place her in such a compromising position…No government should be so irresponsible as to deliberately compromise its citizenry's safety and wellbeing in order to appease minority demands based on personal sexual preferences.” [FRC Website, Accessed 9/4/14]

FRC’s Peter Sprigg Testified That Transgender People Suffer “From A Disconnection With An Immutable Biological Reality” And Need Therapy, Not Legal Protection. FRC’s Peter Sprigg, testifying against the Fairness For All Marylanders Act, which would add gender identity to the state’s non-discrimination protections, stated “A person who believes they are, or wishes to be, the opposite sex from that which is written in the chromosomes of every cell of his or her body, is suffering from a disconnection with an immutable biological reality. The solution to this problem is not actions – up to and including self-mutilating surgery amputating healthy body parts – which will reinforce this disconnect with reality. The solution is compassionate counseling aimed at helping the individual to uncover the psychological roots of their gender identity problems, and to become comfortable with one’s actual biological sex. I understand the motivation behind this bill – the sponsors are concerned about the pain in the lives of these individuals, and hope that this intervention will ease that pain. While I share that motivation, I must oppose this bill because it will not work. This bill would force the state and private actors – employers, landlords, and others who provide public services – to officially and legally affirm the very delusion that puts these suffering individuals at odds with reality. Not only will it not make their lives better, but it will prevent them from getting the very help they do need to make their lives better.” [Think Progress, 2/26/13]

FRC thinks that businesses should be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people simply because of who they are.  They assert a personal religious belief ought to be reason enough for a business to deny service to someone if they find that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity objectionable.  Religious respect is a core American value just like respect for other differences.  But when individuals or businesses go out into the commercial market, they must abide by non-discrimination provisions.  So if lesbian grandmothers show up to a hotel with their grandchildren during a trip to a national memorial or park, the local hotel shouldn’t be able to turn them away because the owners or staff’s personal religious beliefs disagree with the women’s existence.

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast The Aloha Inn Was Found Guilty Of Violating Public Accomodations Law For Refusing To Host Lesbian Couple Due To Owner’s Religious Beliefs. According to Lifesite News, “A Hawaii judge has ruled that a Christian woman broke the law when she declined to rent a bed in her in-home bed and breakfast to a pair of homosexual women. Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford, from Long Beach, CA, sued Aloha Bed and Breakfast owner Phyllis Young after she refused to rent them a room in 2007.  According to their complaint, after they told Young that they would need only one bed, she asked them if they were homosexuals.  When they confirmed that they were in a same-sex relationship, Young declined to rent them the room, citing religious beliefs against homosexuality and saying she would feel uncomfortable with lesbians staying in her home. Cervelli and Bufford reported Young to the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, which interviewed Young at her home.  According to their report, Young confirmed that she denied the women lodging because of their lesbianism, and told investigators that she finds homosexuality a ‘detestable’ practice that ‘defiles our land.’  Now, a judge has ruled that Young violated Hawaii’s public accommodations law, which says businesses that rent rooms to the public cannot discriminate based on race, sex, religion, sexual preference or gender identity.” [Lifesite News, 4/16/13]

Aaron and Melissa Klein, Owners of Sweet Cakes Bakery, Were Scheduled To Speak At The Family Research Council’s 2014 Values Voter Summit. According to their website, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes Bakery was a confirmed speaker for the 2014 Values Voter Summit. [ValuesVotersSummit.org, Accessed 9/3/14]

FRC’s Tony Perkins Praised Owners of Sweet Cakes Bakery For Refusing To Serve Lesbian Couple Looking For Wedding Cake. According to FRC’s website, Perkins said in his daily Washington Watch radio commentary, “Serving customers is important, but at one Oregon bakery, serving Jesus matters more. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. At Sweet Cakes in Oregon, the recipe for success may be sticking by your convictions. At least that's what Aaron Klein hopes after two lesbians came in to his shop for a same-sex "wedding" cake. Klein apologized--but explained he couldn't help them. "I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God," he said. The brides were so angry that they stomped out and filed a lawsuit. Aaron says he's sorry they're offended, but he's not sorry for exercising his rights. "They made a choice to do what they're doing, I'm making a choice not to be a part of it." Besides, he said, "I'd rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in than to see him bow down because one person complained." Thank goodness for Christians like Aaron! He may bake cakes, but he's not about to sugar-coat his convictions!” [FRC.org, Washington Watch Daily Radio Commentary, 2/15/13, AUDIO]

FRC’s Tony Perkins Wrote In Support Of Cake Pros, Said “The Only Way To Stop Bullies Is Standing Up To Them. On FRC’s website, Tony Perkins wrote, “Like the bridal shop just a few hours down the road, Cake Pros was the target of an underground movement to expose and torment businesses with a moral view on marriage. A lesbian couple put Lorraine's shop in the crosshairs, openly asking for a cake for their same-sex ceremony. Lorraine prayed about it for days but finally came to the conclusion that she couldn't, in good conscience, accept the order. … The brides, Jennifer and Bethany, took to Facebook to vent, publicly ripping the shop. Now, Lorraine says, her employees can't walk outside without being harassed. Still, she insists, ‘I'm sorry for the damage that has been done as far as hurt feelings. (But) I'm not sorry for my decision, and I feel strong. I know that I'm doing the right thing.’ Good for her! Like W.W. Bridal Boutique, Masterpiece Cakes, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Lorraine knows that the only way to stop bullies is standing up to them.” [Family Research Council, Washington Update, 8/15/14]

FRC Posted Story Of Pennsylvania Bridal Shop Who Refused Lesbian Couple On Website As Example Of “Forced Acceptance” And An Attack On Religious Liberty. On the Family Research Council website, Tony Perkins wrote “When a lesbian couple contacted the store [W.W. Bridal] for an appointment, Victoria explained that she couldn't help the women find gowns for a ceremony that violates her Christian faith. Right now, an employee explained, the Bloomsburg store doesn't service same-sex weddings. Instead of showing the tolerance their movement claims to practice, the women turned to social media to bully the shop -- trashing its online reviews and sparking a city-wide firestorm. Miller, whose orthodox beliefs are in the bulls-eye, isn't backing down. ‘We feel we have to answer to God for what we do,’ she told reporters, ‘and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God's law.’ Obviously, W.W. Bridal Boutique isn't the only wedding dress shop in town. These women could have easily taken their business elsewhere -- but chose to retaliate instead. That's because, at its core, this isn't about accommodation. It's about forced acceptance. When religious liberty clashes with homosexuality -- as it has from bakeries to flower shops -- the storylines are all the same: conform or be punished.” [Family Research Council, Washington Update, 8/11/14]

FRC fought against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and claimed that “homosexuality helped create” the military’s problem with sexual assault.  False. UCLA’s Palm Center released a report, “One Year Out: An Assessment of DADT Repeal’s Impact on Military Readiness” and responded directly to FRC’s shocking claim about sexual assault.  “Despite warnings about an increase in assaults,” the report reads, “we did not uncover any evidence suggesting that DADT repeal has led to a rise in violence among service members.”

The Family Research Council Joined The Military Culture Coalition Along With Focus On The Family, The American Conservative Union And Concerned Women For America. The Washington Times reported, “The Military Culture Coalition made its debut as an alliance Feb. 18 in a joint Washington news conference to announce a campaign to retain a 1993 law that bans open homosexuals in the ranks based on combat-readiness concerns… The coalition includes conservative grass-roots organizations, such as Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the American Conservative Union and Concerned Women for America… The coalition is now developing an Internet ad campaign. The Family Research Council has started a petition under the heading ‘Prevent the Sexualization of our Armed Forces.’” (Washington Times, 3/1/10)

Perkins Was Uninvited From An Air Force Prayer Meeting Because Of His Opposition To The Repeal Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Politico reported, “They also cite the recent dis-invitation of Family Research Council President Tony Perkins from an Air Force prayer meeting as evidence that a crackdown on those who oppose repealing ‘don't ask don't tell’ is already under way.” (Politico, 4/27/10)

The Family Research Council Circulated A Petition titled “Prevent The Sexualization Of Our Armed Forces” Against The Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The San Francisco Chronicle reported, “The nation's top military leaders called Tuesday for an end to the ‘don't ask, don't tell’ policy on gays in the military, but repealing the ban could re-energize social conservatives, analysts said. The conservative Family Research Council, whose president, Tony Perkins, visited the White House 14 times during the first five years of the Bush administration, began circulating a petition - titled ‘Prevent the Sexualization of our Armed Forces’ - over the weekend to keep the ban.” (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3/10)

The Family Research Council Released A Report Accusing The Obama Administration Of “Drafting The Military Into The Culture War.” The Boston Globe reported, “A report released yesterday by the Family Research Council, a conservative group, accused the Obama administration of ‘drafting the military into the culture war.’ Tony Perkins, a former Marine who is the group's president, called the rush to repeal ‘a move to use the military to advance a radical agenda.’ The Democrats, he said, ‘are afraid they won't have the majority in November,’ after congressional elections.” (Boston Globe, 5/26/10)

The Family Research Council Expected To Invest Over $100,000 In An Ad Campaign Highlighting Kagan’s Opposition To “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Boston Globe reported, “McClusky said his group expects to invest $100,000 to $150,000 in a Web and print campaign that highlights Kagan's opposition to the don't-ask, don't-tell policy that forbids openly gay armed service members.” (Boston Globe, 6/10/10)

FRC’s Tony Perkins Said That Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “Helped Create” Sexual Assault Problem In the Military. According to Salon, Tony Perkins said “President Obama is finally admitting that sexual assault is a serious problem in the military — but what he hasn’t conceded is that his policy on homosexuality helped create it. According to a new Pentagon survey, most of the victims were not female (12,000 incidents), but male (14,000)–highlighting a growing trend of same-sex assault in our ranks…. How could this happen? Well, for starters, the Obama administration ordered military leaders to embrace homosexuality — completely dismissing the concerns that it could be a problem to have people attracted to the same sex, living in close quarters. What’s more, explains Marine Capt. Lindsay Rodman, the statistics aren’t reliable and may be hiding thousands more cases of service-based abuse. ‘The truth is,’ she writes in the Wall Street Journal, ‘that the 26,000 figure [of victims] is such bad math — derived from an unscientific sample set and extrapolated military-wide — that no conclusions can be drawn from it.’ Except one, perhaps, which is that groups like FRC were right to be concerned about the overturning of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” [Salon, 5/22/13]

FRC thinks gay people should be imprisoned and that our very existence should be outlawed.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Do you think we should outlaw gay behavior?

FRC’s Peter Sprigg: …I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior. 

Matthews: So, we should outlaw gay behavior?

Sprigg: Yes.

[MSNBC, Hardball, 2/2/10]

FRC, suggesting that gay people are harmful to society, wants President Obama and the U.S. government to stop advocating against the archaic criminal punishment of LGBT people around the world, and quit “forc[ing] acceptance of the world's gays and lesbians.”  There are millions of LGBT people around the world who live in fear and isolation under the rule of governments that criminalize their very identities, often with harsh prison sentences – or worse.  FRC thinks it’s wrong for U.S. government to use its power and influence to champion LGBT equality abroad, suggesting, “Our global neighbors have the freedom to believe that homosexuality is wrong--just as they have the freedom to legislate against any behavior they think is harmful to society.”

FRC Said Other Countries “Have the Freedom To Believe Homosexuality Is Wrong—Just As They Have the Freedom To Legislate Against Any Behavior They Think Is Harmful To Society.” FRC opposed the State Department issuing a joint statement in the UN’s Human Rights Council opposing the criminalizing of homosexuality because it would force acceptance of homosexuality on foreign nations. According to a press release from FRC, “As he looks on from South America, the President put troops on the ground today for a meeting of the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, where his diplomats plan to strong-arm other countries into embracing homosexuality. In a major U-turn from the Bush years, the Obama administration is actually initiating an "anti-discrimination" resolution to force acceptance of the world's gays and lesbians….We've seen this similar approach with respect to abortion, where countries like the U.S. have tried to insinuate a "right" under international law where there is none. Our global neighbors have the freedom to believe that homosexuality is wrong--just as they have the freedom to legislate against any behavior they think is harmful to society. That freedom--and their very sovereignty--would be threatened by this effort.” [Right Wing Watch, 3/23/11]

FRC Prayed For Countries To Resist U.S. Efforts To Decriminalize LGBT Rights Abroad in Africa And Called Efforts Against Anti-Sodomy Laws ‘Coercion’ By Obama Administration. As noted by Right Wing Watch, FRC’s prayer target list included a prayer for other nations to withstand U.S. “coercion” and continue to resist LGBT rights. FRC said “African nations are warring to contain homosexuality's spread because it is morally taboo, and has had a devastating impact upon Africans. Two thirds of all reported AIDS cases world-wide (24 of 36 million) have been in Sub-Saharan Africa. Amid this, the Obama administration is pushing homosexuality, using taxpayer dollars. Malawi's U.N. Ambassador says the administration threatened to withhold $350 million in aid to his tiny, poor, mostly Christian nation, ‘if his government would not strike down its sodomy laws.’ Malawi's legislature succumbed within days. Meanwhile, last fall, 85 governments signed a pro-homosexual petition at the UN, but regional groups representing more than eighty countries condemned it openly. The U.S. government has become the chief player in efforts to promote homosexuality and homosexual rights overseas (see Obama's Obsession). May God restrain the Obama administration from promoting the LGBT agenda at home and abroad. May He give targeted nations courage to withstand U.S. coercion!” [Right Wing Watch, 7/7/11]

FRC claims that LGBT activists “work to normalize sex with boys,” seek to “abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order” – these lies are just a few of the many reasons the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies them a Hate Group.

FRC Has Said Gay Activists “Work To Normalize Sex With Boys” And “Recognize Peophiles As ‘Prophets’ Of A New Sexual Order.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “[FRC and AFA] are also among the chief purveyors of lies about LGBT people. They have both regularly pumped out propaganda asserting that gay men molest children at far higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts — a claim that has been debunked by virtually all the recognized scientific authorities in the field. The FRC has claimed that gay activists ‘work to normalize sex with boys,’ seek to ‘abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order,’ and support anti-bullying programs solely in order to promote homosexuality.” [Southern Poverty Law Center, 10/11, Accessed 9/2/14]

Southern Poverty Law Center Classified FRC As An Anti-Gay Hate Group. Talking Points Memo reported: “The Family Research Council is perhaps the most prominent voice in conservative social politics and the hosts of an annual rite of passage for many Republicans who hope to run for president. And now, FRC is on the same Southern Poverty Law Center list of hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan. The SPLC gave the Family Research Council the designation due to anti-gay speech from its leaders, which the SPLC says includes calls for gay men and lesbians to be imprisoned. Labeling the Family Research Council a hate group puts one of Washington's most powerful social issues advocates into the company of groups like the Nation of Islam and the now mostly defunct Aryan Nations in the eyes of the SPLC, which tracks 932 active hate groups in the U.S.” [Talking Points Memo, 11/24/10]

Southern Poverty Law Center Cited FRC’s False Claims Based On “Junk Science” As Reason For Hate Group Designation. According to their website, “The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as ‘the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,’ but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of ‘policy experts’ whose ‘research’ has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to ‘transform the culture.’” [Southern Poverty Law Center, Accessed 9/3/14]