Profiles on the Right: Family Research Council

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The Family Research Council, based in Washington, D.C, focuses on “shaping public policy and informed civic activism.” It does so through lobbying efforts, media work, and high-profile conferences. It had revenue of about $14 million and net assets of about $4.5 million in 2012.

FRC concentrates in particular on anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice activism. While its political work is limited mainly to the United States, it does attempt to influence U.S. foreign policy. In 2010, for example, FRC lobbied against a resolution in the U.S. Congress denouncing Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. In 2012, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that “gay rights are human rights,” and President Barack Obama instructed U.S. embassies to make protections for LGBTQ people a factor in evaluating U.S. aid, FRC president Tony Perkins denounced the administration for “using our tax dollars to push a radical social agenda … into other countries.”

FRC falsely equates homosexuality with pedophilia, and it has distributed pamphlets and materials claiming that homosexuals are much more likely than the general population to molest children. Like Focus on the Family, FRC has opposed programs and policies designed to address anti-LGBTQ bullying in schools. Its president, Tony Perkins, has written that “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.”

For more details, see American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism.

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801 G St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
http://www.frc.org
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