Who is Tony Perkins?
Tony Perkins is an anti-LGBTQ activist, former Louisiana state representative, and president of the Family Research Council — a hate group that opposes marriage equality, abortion access, and constitutional protections for Muslims. As a commissioner for the USCIRF, he’s tasked with protecting people’s right to religious freedom around the world.
Under Perkins’ leadership, the Family Research Council was named an LGBTQ hate group for its efforts to demonize LGBTQ people — including falsely linking homosexuality to violence and pedophilia.Daily Beast
Perkins wants to outlaw abortion and supports “defunding” Planned Parenthood. As a state legislator, he cosponsored legislation to shut down abortion providers. As a reserve police officer, he failed to report anti-abortion activists’ plans to demonstrate violently at a clinic.New York Times
Perkins has repeatedly demonized Muslims and spread the false belief that Muslims shouldn’t get the same constitutional freedoms as other Americans.MSNBC
The homosexual community… they are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful.”
The Oak Initiative Summit on the repeal of DADT
Perkins has ties to white supremacist groups, including the Klu Klux Klan and the Council of Conservative Citizens — a group that called Black people a "retrograde species."Media Matters
Perkins praised Uganda’s president for “leading his nation to repentance” when the country considered a so-called “Kill the Gays” bill, which would have criminalized homosexuality.Foreign Policy in Focus
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal body dedicated to defending freedom of religion and belief abroad. USCIRF monitors religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the president, Secretary of State, and Congress.