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    Tony Perkins: ESPN's Michael Sam clip reveals a 'political agenda' in sports

    A conservative think tank that focuses on family issues is crying foul over ESPN's "political agenda," after it aired footage from the NFL Draft that shows openly gay athlete Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend.

  • ** FILE ** This April 8, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Family Research Council: Pro-lifers alarmed by Sen. Rand Paul's abortion comments

    A national pro-life group is raising questions about Sen. Rand Paul's commitment to opposing abortion — potentially foreshadowing one of the chinks in the Kentucky Republican's armor as he lays the foundation to run for the GOP nomination for president in 2016.

  • Craig James joins Family Research Council

    Former college football broadcaster Craig James has joined the conservative Family Research Council, where he said he would fight against the kind of "religious bigotry" he blames for his firing by Fox Sports after expressing opposition to gay marriage.

  • **FILE** Family Research Council President Tony Perkins (The Washington Times)

    Tony Perkins: Don't give money to GOP

    Prominent religious right leader Tony Perkins called on conservatives to stop donating money to congressional Republicans until the party quits its soft talk on gay marriage.

  • **FILE** Boy Scouts are honored with a statue in front of the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. (Associated Press)

    Boy Scouts may allow local troops to set policy on gays

    Gay-rights groups were elated Monday after the Boy Scouts of America announced that it was considering dropping its long-standing national policy of disallowing open homosexuals from participating in its activities, but traditional-family groups were quick to condemn the shift.

  • Values activists concede ‘bruising’

    Despite their election night "bruising," social-conservative groups are counseling each other to keep the faith, prepare for another day – and "modernize" their views.

  • Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan drew cheers when he spoke before the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday. (Associated Press)

    Evangelical supporters of Romney gather at summit

    He wasn't there but Mitt Romney got some love over the weekend at a Washington, D.C., gathering of more than 2.000 evangelical Protestants representing a demographic that proved crucial to electing the last four Republican presidents.

  • Family Research Council, Southern Poverty Law Center have war of words over shooting

    The president of a conservative Christian-based family organization said Thursday that the blame for the shooting of a colleague was shared between the man with the gun and groups that practice "reckless use of terminology."

  • Mitt Romney

    Religious right to mull foiling Romney

    Prominent evangelical and other religious-right leaders invited to a private "Stop Romney" meeting in Texas this weekend are pessimistic about the chances of agreeing on a mutually acceptable alternative to the GOP presidential front-runner, one of those invited has told The Washington Times.

  • Rep. Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Supporters push Paul to straw poll triumph

    Rep. Ron Paul easily won a Republican presidential candidate straw poll Saturday at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, while two of the most popular candidates in the race — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — finished near the bottom.

  • Family Research Council President Tony Perkins (Associated Press)

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    The New Jersey governor would have to build bridges with values voters, Tony Perkins said.

  • WETZSTEIN: Marriage out? Here's other side

    A recent report from the Pew Research Center generated coast-to-coast headlines about how marriage is on the rocks.

  • FRC President Tony Perkins says SPLC's accusations are a desperate attempt for attention by a dwindling liberal base. (Associated Press)

    Family Research Council labeled a 'hate group'

    The Family Research Council's opposition to gay rights has landed the outfit on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of "hate groups" — a label strongly denied by the influential Christian conservative organization.

  • **FILE** Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (AP Photo)

    Pence wins social conservatives' straw poll

    Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, edged ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for first place in the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit 2012 presidential straw poll Saturday. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin placed sixth.

  • Frank Keating

    Social conservatives stay in fray

    The nation's social conservatives may have ceded center stage to economic conservatives and the "tea party" movement for the midterm elections, but they're not keeping quiet.

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