Tony Perkins

President, Family Research Council

Says that the push for LGBTQ rights is “the zenith of man’s rebellion against God” and the people who fight for such rights are controlled by “demonic spirits.”

—The Southern Poverty Law Center listed The Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group in 2010.

— Urged people to pray for “chaos, conflict and gridlock” for the Biden administration because of its support for The Equality Act and transgender Americans. Perkins said (23:19). “We just need to pray that God would take the majority away from them… if they’re going to ram all these things through, we just need to pray that God brings chaos, conflict and gridlock on our nation’s capital so this cannot advance… his legislative agenda is from the pit of hell… (44:00) the whole transgender agenda, we mentioned a few moments ago, he’s put that onto the military, he’s put it onto elementary and secondary schools, he’s put it on our colleges…(43:47) We need God to move on our behalf.”

Praised the Department of Justice guidance for business owners who wish to discriminate against same-sex couples, and the Trump administration’s rescinding of protections for transgender people and servicemembers. 

Reportedly pushed to have scientifically discredited “conversion therapy” written into the 2016 Republican Party platform.

Insisted Target’s trans-inclusive bathroom policies have turned their facilities into “crime scenes” like a “live rendition of CSI.”

Claimed LGBTQ activists are targeting children in order to “cut off” Christian parents: “They’re going after your children with these agendas because they know if they can change the hearts and minds of these kids and confuse them as young as five years old—folks, they’ve cut you off at the pass.... They’re trying to create greater confusion in the minds of these kids. It’s going to make it difficult even to reach them with the gospel.”

Said LGBTQ soldiers made the military into a “parade that looks like the bar scene in Star Wars.”

—Says about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful” ... “pawns” of the “enemy.“ (See 1:30 mark.)

Claimed Washington, D.C.’s ban on scientifically discredited “ex-gay” therapy is “locking kids into a lifestyle with devastating health, emotional, and societal consequences” and “opening a frightening chapter in the liberal recruiting of LGBTs.”

—Claimed LGBTQ activists are going to “start rolling out the boxcars” and carting away Christians (a reference to the Holocaust).

—Claimed gay parents “provide distorted values to innocent adopted kids.”

—Lumped together Aurora shooting, kidnapping, and openly gay soldiers as three examples of a “nation gone under.”

—Said many gays have an “emptiness within them“ (:55) because they are “operating outside of nature.” (1:09)

—The Family Research Council distributed a pamphlet that begins by likening the logic behind same-sex marriage to the logic behind man-horse marriage (complete with horse graphic).

—Said: “It doesn’t matter what society does, I think within the homosexual, most of them know that this behavior, it’s just not right, it’s not what we were created to do and it’s against God’s plan and … it’s contrary to our nature and the way we were created.

—Called the It Gets Better project “disgusting,” claiming it tells children “that it’s okay to be immoral” and constitutes a “concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle“; also called the project a “deceptive lie.”

According to Southern Poverty Law Center, paid $82,500 to use the phone bank of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke for an election run-off.

—Warned about marriage equality and trans acceptance: “As parents across Massachusetts fume about the new rules, the controversy certainly reinforces an important point: this is the future of same-sex ‘marriage’ in America. It may take teenage boys invading girls’ locker rooms to prove it, but redefining marriage is about a lot more than two people who love each other. This is about the fundamental altering of society. Maybe some of you have fallen for the lie that same-sex ‘marriage’ won’t affect you. I guarantee that you’ll feel differently when you’re trying to pull your second grader out of a lesson on homosexuality—and end up in handcuffs instead. Or when your daughter comes home in tears because she’s been suspended for telling someone she felt uncomfortable using the bathroom with a male teacher inside. By then, it will be too late.”

—Claimed “blood of young marines” is on the hands of legislators who voted to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

Claimed “people know intuitively that [homosexuality] is morally wrong.”

—Said “it’s a fact” that homosexuality leads to “eternal damnation.”

—Linked Secret Service prostitution scandal directly to open service: “Over the weekend we saw the news of the President’s Secret Service detail in Colombia and the issue of them hiring prostitutes and now the White House is outraged about that. Actually in a meeting this morning my staff asked, ‘why should the President be upset’? It was actually legal; it was legal there to do that, so why should we be upset? Well, the fact is we intuitively know it’s wrong, there’s a moral law against that. The same is true for what the President has done to the military enforcing open homosexuality in our military. You can change the law but you can’t change the moral law that’s behind it. You can change the positive law, the law that is created by man, but you can’t change the moral law, it’s wrong. So what you have is you have a total breakdown and you can’t pick and choose. Morality is not a smorgasbord; you can’t pick what you want. I think you’re absolutely right, this is a fundamental issue going forward because if we say ‘let them do what we want,’ what’s next? You cannot maintain moral order if you are willing to allow a few things to slide.”

—Said gays and lesbians are “held captive by the enemy.”

—Claimed his kids couldn’t be gay because he is “teaching them the right ways that they are to interact as human beings.” (3:15-3:39)

—Equates LGBTQ pride with drunkenness and adultery: “The month of June is Gay Pride Month. Now, I have not yet seen where they have declared Adultery Pride Month, I have not seen where they have declared the Drunkenness Pride Month.” 

—Dedicated seven minutes of a recent radio show to framing scientifically-discredited “ex-gay” therapy as “successful,” encouraging gays to “escape the homosexual lifestyle.”

Claimed: “Even if society embraced homosexuality, there would never be that sense of self-fulfillment because it’s outside of how God created man and woman, and that’s the bottom line. They can’t erase that.” 

—Tells “funny” story about his church converting “big women” into “ex-gays.”

—Claimed Uganda bill (with death penalty attached) simply “upholds moral conduct.”

—Equates gay people with drug addicts, adulterers: “We need to be praying for those who are bound up in these lifestyles whether it is homosexuality, whether it is drugs, whatever it might be, anything that is outside the design of God for mankind, it could be adulterous relationships, it doesn’t matter.”

—Compares the “unfortunate experience” and “lifestyle choice” of homosexuality to that of drug abuse

—Claimed court-tested marriage equality will lead to a “revolution” in America.

—Says marriage equality will be “the nail in coffin of marriage” and will “take society down with it.”

—Says Republican Senator Rob Portman should not support his gay son’s “choices that are both harmful to [him] and to society as a whole.”

—Says Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy should be impeached simply because of his marriage ruling.

—Says the Ten Commandments should be the law of the land.

—Claimed servicemembers’ same-sex weddings “desecrate” military chapels.

—Advises a man not to marry his fiancée simply because she is of a different faith; claims “not all religions are equal.”

—Backed a double standard pertaining to the religious freedom of the pro-gay United Church of Christ, saying “I would use that term ‘Christian’ loosely.


The GLAAD Accountability Project catalogs anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory actions of politicians, commentators, organization heads, religious leaders, and legal figures, who have used their platforms, influence and power to spread misinformation and harm LGBTQ people.