Tony Perkins: Courts Have 'Gravely Weakened' American Family With Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

By Penny Starr | January 12, 2016 | 12:06pm EST
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11, 2016. ( Starr)

( – Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said on Monday that court decisions in the United States have “gravely weakened” the American family, including allowing minors access to birth control, same-sex marriage and abortion on demand.

“We have to re-empower American parents,” Perkins said in his second annual State of the Family address at the group’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “The decisions of our courts on contraception for minors, abortion-on-demand, and redefining marriage have gravely weakened the family.

“Our blindness to the reality of the disintegration of the family and the dismissal of the role of our churches must also end,” he said. “The promise of strong efforts these past seven years to restore fatherhood and re-establish family life in our poorest communities has faded completely.

“Instead, national policies have sown confusion about the very definition of family,” Perkins said.

“President Obama has extolled the virtues of fatherhood even as he has fought for same-sex marriage, in essence saying two same-gendered persons can parent as well as a mom and a dad,” he said. “This contradictory message is more than disappointing – for our children throughout the country it is devastating. It reduces mothers and fathers to genderless caregivers.

“Our children deserve better. They deserve a mom and a dad,” Perkins said. “And we pay a price for this incoherent ideological campaign by havoc in our homes and blood in our streets.

“That’s why we have to re-empower American parents,” he said. “The decisions of our courts on contraception for minors, abortion-on-demand, and redefining marriage have gravely weakened the family.”

Perkins also said religious liberty must be a priority in the coming year and honored people who attended his address for taking a stand on behalf of their faith.

Kim Davis, county clerk for Rowan County, Ky., was in attendance, and Perkins recalled her refusal to sign same-sex marriage licenses that resulted in her being jailed briefly. Perkins noted that now licenses are issued without Davis’ signature, thanks to an executive order signed by the new governor Matt Bevin.

Rev. Hernan Castano, director of Hispanic church development for the Houston Area Pastors Council, was also lauded for his work as one of the “Houston Five” – a group of pastors who fought subpoenas of their sermons by the city’s mayor, who is a lesbian and who targeted the faith leaders because she believed they were undermining her homosexual agenda.

Rev. Charles Flowers, senior pastor of Faith Outreach Ministries International in San Antonio, Texas, was praised for his efforts to rally Christians against a mayor and city council that forbad service in city government or getting government contracts unless they supported the LGBT agenda. His work led to the election of a new mayor and city council in that city that support religious liberty.

Also in attendance was Jason Rowland, principal of Airline High School in Louisiana, who came under attack by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for using “God Bless” as his email signatory and for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes being allowed to place prayer boxes on campus.

Perkins said the local school board found the ACLU’s claims to be “without a factual or legal basis” and said it would protect the rights of all their students, including those who wish to engage in student led, student-initiated religious expression.

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