“Designating the Family Research Council a hate group has nothing to do with disagreements about marriage equality, nondiscrimination laws or any other policy debate. The real issue is the Family Research Council’s well-documented and continuous pattern of hateful rhetoric. Linking gay people to pedophiles is hateful.
“Consider Perkins’s words from 2010: ‘While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. . . . It is a homosexual problem.’ Calling for the expulsion of gays from this country is hateful, as is arguing for making homosexuality a crime. In March 2008, a senior fellow for policy studies at the council, Peter Sprigg, said of uniting gay partners through immigration: ‘I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than import them.” He later apologized but in 2009 told an interviewer, ‘I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior.’
“Using junk-science to spread propaganda about LGBT people is hateful — as Sprigg does when he says in his 2010 pamphlet ‘The Top Ten Myths about Homosexuality’ that gay men and lesbians can change their sexual orientation. That is the documented record of the Family Research Council, and it is completely distinct from our policy disagreements.” – HRC executive director Chad Griffin, writing for the Washington Post.