December 16th, 2013
01:10 PM ET
10 months 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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October 11th, 2013
08:59 AM ET
12 months ago

Perkins: Cruz is de facto leader of Republican Party

Washington (CNN) – As trench warfare over the government shutdown drags into its eleventh day, a number of Republicans with visible roles in the stalemate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will take a breather from Capitol Hill on Friday to speak at the Values Voter Summit, one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events.

Pretty much everyone in official Washington, including President Barack Obama, is taking a beating in public opinion polls over the shutdown. Republicans, however, continue to shoulder most of the blame.

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Filed under: GOP • Ted Cruz • Tony Perkins • Values Voter Summit
Prominent social conservative urges activists to withhold GOP donations
April 11th, 2013
07:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Prominent social conservative urges activists to withhold GOP donations

Los Angeles (CNN) - Prominent social conservative Tony Perkins called on political activists Thursday evening to withhold contributions to Republican campaign committees, as the GOP is embroiled in a debate over social issues.

Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the request in an email to supporters of his organization, as members of the Republican National Committee met in California to discuss campaign strategy and political messaging.
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Filed under: RNC • Tony Perkins
Leading social conservatives rally to Akin's defense
August 20th, 2012
02:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Leading social conservatives rally to Akin's defense

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – While much of the Republican universe spent Monday condemning Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin for his comments about "legitimate rape" and abortion, one of the nation's most prominent conservative organizations rallied to his defense.

Two top officials from the Family Research Council said the Missouri congressman is the target of a Democratic smear campaign and chided those Republicans who have condemned Akin.
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Filed under: Abortion • Tony Perkins
May 13th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Conservative leader: Obama marriage announcement comes at a cost

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage will hurt him in states he captured in 2008, the president of American Values, Gary Bauer, predicted Sunday.

“I think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this ill-conceived position,” Bauer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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April 11th, 2012
09:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney should learn from Santorum, Perkins says

(CNN) – Tony Perkins, who said Tuesday evangelical conservatives would shift focus away from the race for the White House, said the likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney could learn from the campaign of Rick Santorum.

Speaking on CNN, the president of the Family Research Council and former backer of Santorum's White House bid said Romney's chances of picking up support from the religious right would be bolstered by embracing Santorum's message.
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Tony Perkins: Social conservatives' emphasis now on taking Senate, not helping Romney
April 10th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
2 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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Republican isn't enough, says Family Research head
October 7th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Republican isn't enough, says Family Research head

(CNN) – The leader of the right-leaning Family Research Council said Friday that simply electing a Republican to the White House in 2012 wouldn't be enough to counter Pres. Barack Obama's four years as president.

"This election is too important to elect a Republican," Tony Perkins said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "We need to elect a conservative that will undo the economic and moral and social destruction this administration has unleashed on America. We don't need politicians that promise to slow down decline. We need leaders that are bold and courageous that will undo destructive policies."
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Filed under: Tony Perkins • Values Voter Summit
Perkins: Romney weak on social issues
September 27th, 2011
05:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Perkins: Romney weak on social issues

Washington (CNN) - A social conservative leader weighed in on the current crop of GOP presidential candidates Tuesday, saying Mitt Romney has lost momentum on issues that matter most to values voters.

"He is not speaking as strongly to the social issues as he did four years ago," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, at the National Press Club in Washington.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Tony Perkins
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