December 16th, 2013
01:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Utah polygamy ruling criticized

(CNN) – Some social conservatives are blasting Utah's ruling striking down part of that state's law banning polygamy.

The suit was brought by the stars of the television reality series "Sister Wives," and a federal judge's ruling Friday throws out the law's section prohibiting "cohabitation," saying it violates constitutional guarantees of due process and religious freedom.
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Man gets 25 years in Family Research Council shooting
September 19th, 2013
12:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Man gets 25 years in Family Research Council shooting

Washington (CNN) – The Virginia man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Family Research Council employee last year was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.

Floyd Corkins has said he disagreed with the Family Research Council's stance against gay marriage.

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Guilty plea in Family Research Council shooting
February 6th, 2013
07:31 AM ET
2 years ago

Guilty plea in Family Research Council shooting

(CNN) - A Virginia man pleaded guilty to shooting a Family Research Council employee in August, telling a federal judge on Wednesday that he wanted to intimidate gay rights opponents.

Floyd Corkins, 28, pleaded guilty to three charges related to the shooting at the conservative policy group's Washington headquarters.

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Prosecutors offer plea bargain in Family Research Council shooting
The scene in August outside of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington following a shooting there.
December 3rd, 2012
01:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Prosecutors offer plea bargain in Family Research Council shooting

Washington (CNN) - Prosecutors are offering a plea bargain to Floyd Corkins, the man accused in the August shooting of a building manager at the conservative Family Research Council. But a defense attorney declined at a hearing Monday to immediately accept the deal and was granted a continuance in the case.

The proposal includes admitting guilt to three of 10 counts in a federal indictment, including a charge of Committing an Act of Terrorism, which has never been prosecuted in the 10 years since the law was passed by the District of Columbia.

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New charges, including terrorism count, in Family Research Council shooting
October 24th, 2012
06:56 PM ET
2 years ago

New charges, including terrorism count, in Family Research Council shooting

Washington (CNN) - The suspect in a shooting at a conservative Christian policy group in Washington faced attempted murder and other new charges on Wednesday, including a terrorism count not previously sought by prosecutors in any case.

Floyd Lee Corkins II, who previously pleaded not guilty to other charges related to the August shooting that wounded the building manager at the Family Research Council, is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday on the new allegations included in a superseding indictment.

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August 16th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Weapons, assault charges for suspect in conservative council shooting

Washington (CNN) - The suspect in the shooting at the Family Research Council walked into the headquarters of the conservative group armed with a 9 mm pistol and shot a security guard after telling him, "I don't like your politics," authorities said in a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

The complaint accuses Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of a federal firearms violation and assault with intent to kill.

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Tony Perkins: Social conservatives' emphasis now on taking Senate, not helping Romney
April 10th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Tony Perkins: Social conservatives' emphasis now on taking Senate, not helping Romney

Washington (CNN) – The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, a leading social conservative, tells CNN that conservative activists are so unenthusiastic about Mitt Romney, many are likely to turn their grass roots efforts away from the presidential race and towards Congress – specifically, putting the Senate in Republican hands.

"It's difficult for us to back a candidate our constituents don't believe in and aren't excited about," Perkins said in a telephone interview, speaking about Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Family Research Council • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Senate • Tony Perkins
Conservative leader discounts Paul win
October 10th, 2011
09:44 AM ET
3 years ago

Conservative leader discounts Paul win

(CNN) - The president of the Family Research Council characterized Rep. Ron Paul's weekend win in the Values Voter Summit straw poll as "an outlier."

Tony Perkins, who heads the social conservative group, said the Republican presidential candidate influenced the results by busing supporters to the event, proving his 37% support is not reflective of social conservative backing nationally.
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October 6th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservative group uses humor in political ad

(CNN) - An influential social conservative organization is using humor in a new television commercial to try and convince voters that a handful of House Democrats are responsible for helping to expand government and placing a burden on everyday Americans.

"Woke up this morning and it was there, big government on my back," an actor brushing his teeth says to the camera as a suited man clings to his back. "It's a huge problem. It's affecting everyone."
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Filed under: 2010 • Ads • Family Research Council
May 26th, 2010
05:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Conservative group: DADT repeal will increase 'homosexual misconduct'

A prominent conservative group is warning against a change in the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
A prominent conservative group is warning against a change in the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

Washington (CNN) - As lawmakers consider a compromise plan to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a prominent conservative group is arguing that overturning the policy against gays in the military will increase "homosexual misconduct" - even "sexual bullying, male rape, and forcible sodomy" – in the armed services.

On Wednesday, the Family Research Council held a conference call with reporters featuring retired military leaders and officials from the conservative group.

Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg argued that publicly available information from the Pentagon on sexual assaults in the military, along with other information, proves that the military currently has a problem with "homosexual misconduct."

"Homosexuals in the military are three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are, relative to their numbers," Sprigg said. "We believe this problem would only increase if the current law against homosexuality in the military, which was enacted in 1993, were to be repealed."

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