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From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Family Research Council

Founded: 1983

Location: Washington, D.C.

Ideology: Anti-Gay

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….”

Yesterday, from Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) congressional web site:

Hartzler winner of Family Research Council’s True Blue Award

Feb 12, 2013

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has been presented with the True Blue Award from Family Research Council Action and Focus on the Family Action. The True Blue award honors Members of Congress who have exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith, and freedom.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Hartzler. “As someone who has stood for pro-family issues and for the defense of life, I am humbled to be recognized for efforts to strengthen the American family.”

“I applaud Congresswoman Hartzler for defending pro-family and pro-life policies,” said FRC Action President Tony Perkins. “Values voters should be encouraged by Congresswoman Hartzler and other elected officials who have shown a commitment to protecting and strengthening the family.”

Recipients of the True Blue Award are those who have voted consistently for pro-family issues and have stood courageously in Congress in defense of life.

Congresswoman Hartzler and her family reside on a working farm in Cass County. She serves on the House Budget, Agriculture, and Armed Services Committees.

Interesting spin. It’s like one of those “everyone gets a ribbon for participating” events, except they also contribute to campaigns.


Are teh gay really so icky, Vicky? (March 24, 2011)

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) on DADT: it’s all about the plumbing (April 1, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): teh gay are so icky (June 5, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Oops, who let those gay people into my town hall? (June 30, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): frankly, it’s all about wedge issues (November 22, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): one issue, and one issue only (January 23, 2012)

Vicky Hartzler’s 10 Gay Marriage Analogies (August 23, 2012)

Campaign Finance: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r), teh gay, and the Family Research Council (November 9, 2012)