While many political observers argue that the economy is the big
issue this election, the president of the Family Research Council
(FRC) believes values such as biblical marriage will also play an
important role at the ballot box.
To a room full of journalists and guests of FRC, Tony Perkins
opened Wednesday's address at the National Press Club in
Washington, DC, by recalling the aftermath of the August 15
shooting at FRC headquarters that left a security guard wounded.
The FBI characterized the shooting as "an act of domestic
Perkins' primary comments, however, assessed the influence of
social issues during the balance of the fall political
"A recent Zogby poll showed the one area that people do agree on
is on the importance of the family and a marriage of a man and a
woman -- that's the single largest issue that people agreed on," he
tells OneNewsNow. "Those issues are going to be factors. Now it may
not be the front-and-center issue, but they are going to be
deciding factors in this election."
Since 1983, Family
Research Council has advocated faith, family, and freedom in
public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. Perkins
address came on the eve of a gathering of leading national policy
advocates, including Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul
Ryan, at the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington (Sept.
"I think what we have to do is show the world what Christians
are really about -- and we are driven by love, ... by charity, by
compassion, but by truth. And we have to be able to do both,"
emphasizes the FRC spokesman. "That's what I said here -- that we
are committed to speaking the truth; speaking in love, but speaking
the truth nonetheless."
The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed FRC as a "hate group"
since 2010. Perkins denounced that designation and called upon the
SPLC to exclude FRC from that list.