Friday, April 10, 2015

Family Research Council Files Amicus Brief in US Supreme Court Marriage Case

April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On March 31st, Family Research Council filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the upcoming April 28th hearing in which the Court will review state definitions of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. These cases have been consolidated under the name of Obergefell v. Hodges.

FRC's brief debunks the argument that the "fundamental right to marry" includes a right to marry a person of the same sex, as well as the contention that limiting marriage to opposite-sex unions constitutes a form of sex discrimination.

The brief also challenges the argument that the male-female marital definition discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, noting that issuers of marriage licenses have never inquired into the sexual orientation of the (opposite-sex) spouses-to-be.

In a unique observation, FRC highlights (and lists in an appendix) previous same-sex marriage court cases in which one or more of the plaintiffs acknowledged that they had previously been legally married to a person of the opposite sex. This observation demonstrates either that sexual orientation is not immutable, that same-sex-attracted individuals are able to obtain marriage licenses, or both.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"The American people will not accept marriage redefinition by judicial fiat from any court including the Supreme Court. Americans have not reached a 'broad social consensus' on the redefinition of marriage. The Justices need to remember this fact. Judges should not impose on the states something that will only cause deep social division. We continue to hear the narrative from those seeking to redefine our most basic social institution that thirty-seven states have same-sex 'marriage.'

"In reality, voters in only three states have endorsed redefining marriage.

"Americans should be free to uphold marriage as it has always been defined, the union of a man and a woman," concluded Perkins.

To review FRC's amicus brief, please see:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Author Event at the Museum Sunday 4-12

Spreading the word about this highly-regarded Author coming to Culpeper to review one of his books.  Please attend, if possible, and share this flyer with others who are interested in Culpeper history that extends back to the time this area was considered to be the "Western Frontier" of an emerging freedom loving group of colonies.

Author Event

Sunday April 12 at 2 pm at the Museum of Culpeper History


Title:  Lord Dunmore's War of 1774: Precursor to the Revolution


Outline:   1. The western border timeline from Braddock's defeat to Dunmore's                         War

              2. Militia organization in Virginia

              3. Lord Dunmore,, final Royal Governor of Virginia, seizes Pittsburgh 

                  and Western Pennsylvania

               4. Outbreak of war with the Shawnees and Mingoes of Ohio 

               5. Events of the war and role of the Culpeper militia in the Battle of

                  Point Pleasant.  Actions of Culpeper's Colonel John Field in the 


               6. Summary of the impact of Dunmore's War on the work-up to the 

                   Revolutionary War and relations with Ohio tribes during the 


               7. Brief but shameless plug for novels of the Forbes Road Series and

                   how they fit into the events of the period.

               8. Questions from attendees


Robert J. Shade is a former naval officer, whose career led to command of three ships,

including a guided missile destroyer. On shore duty, he specialized in financial

assignments, including manager of the Navy's weapons procurement program and

comptroller of a naval shipyard. After leaving the service, he practiced tax and small

business accounting in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia until 2010.

In 1994, Mr. Shade began in-depth studies of American history during the colonial and

revolutionary period. This led to his authorship of the Forbes Road Series, which tells the story of young German gunsmith and marksman Wend Eckert's journey to maturity on the

Pennsylvania and Virginia border during the violent period which included the French and

Indian War, Pontiac's Rebellion, and Lord Dunmore's War. The series consists of the

novels Forbes Road (2012), Conestoga Winter (2013), The Camp Follower Affair (To be published in April 2015), and Lord Dunmore's Folly (Late 2015). He is currently conducting

research and preparing storylines which will carry the characters of the Forbes Road books

through the Revolutionary War. Since the late 1990's, Mr. Shade has also presented

historical lectures before various civic groups.

Mr. Shade earned a Bachelor's Degree in American History at the University of North

Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master's Degree in Financial Management at the Naval

Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He has previously authored non-fiction articles

in military journals including The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and Surface Warfare Magazine.


Ms. Lee Langston-Harrison, Executive Director

Museum of Culpeper History

113 S. Commerce Street

Culpeper, VA 22701

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United States Senator Mike Lee Confirmed!

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Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Fauquier, Charlotte, and Greene Counties

Monday, April 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt's (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Fauquier, Charlotte, and Greene Counties on Friday, April 10 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map

Friday, April 10, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Brunswick County Administrator's Office - 3rd Floor

228 Main Street

Lawrenceville, VA


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Warren Green Building - 1st Floor Meeting Room

10 Hotel Street

Warrenton, VA


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Charlotte Administration Building - Conference Room

240 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A

Charlotte Court House, VA


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Greene Administration Building - Board Conference Room

40 Celt Road

Stanardsville, VA






Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FRC Applauds Arkansas Legislature for Overwhelmingly Approving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives by a vote of 67 to 21 gave final approval to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Family Research Council (FRC) has long supported state RFRAs, which have already been enacted in 20 states since 1996 based on the federal law signed by President Bill Clinton.

FRC President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"Family Research Council applauds the Arkansas legislature for voting to join 20 other states in aligning themselves with federal religious freedom law. Courageously ignoring the rants of the intolerant left against this legislation, Arkansas's Governor and legislators are standing up for the freedom of people to live out their beliefs.

"If there were not a growing hostility toward faith, there wouldn't be a need for RFRAs. As Americans, we have a proud tradition of respecting each other's differences. But, under the policies and influence of the Obama administration, religious intolerance has grown significantly.

"Americans of all political persuasions and all religions who care about the freedom to live according to one's beliefs --without government coercion -- should support RFRAs," concluded Perkins.

Josh Duggar, FRC Action's Executive Director, added the following comments:

"I applaud the 67 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives who voted today to pass H.B. 1228, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This bill is simple and to the point — that people cannot be easily trampled by the government simply for living out their religious beliefs. We are thrilled that Gov. Hutchinson has indicated that he will sign this bill affirming that religious freedom is alive and well in Arkansas."

Friday, March 27, 2015

FRC Responds to New GAO Report Showing Nearly $1.5 Billion in Federal Funding for Abortion Advocates

March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a report showing that over a three-year period, groups that advocate for or whose affiliates perform abortions have received hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government.

The report was generated after U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and more than 70 other House and Senate Members sent a letter to the GAO requesting data on federal funding for organizations whose allegiance to policies that encourage elective abortion-on-demand is well-known. They include Planned Parenthood, Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The letter requested information for the three-year period from 2010-2012.

The GAO report found that "the six organizations spent $481 million in federal funding from Fiscal Years 2010 to 2012, as well as about $1.2 billion in combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) spent the greatest share of this public funding -- approximately $1.5 billion in combined state and federal dollars, or an average of about $500 million each year."

Commenting on the report, the Director of FRC's Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, said the data found by the GAO is disappointing but unsurprising.

"The Obama Administration is committed to advancing a pro-abortion agenda and continually has placed the demands of abortion advocates and providers at the top of its public health agenda for six years, all the expense of taxpayers.

"The GAO report only further demonstrates President Obama's desire to promote abortion and abortion-causing drugs above the health and well-being of mothers and their unborn children by funding abortion advocacy groups. Unborn children have no standing in the current Administration's eyes, and the effects of abortion on their mothers is inconsequential to the Obama administration.

"In light of the immense amount of federal money pouring into organizations like Planned Parenthood, I urge all pro-life members of Congress to support H.R. 217, the 'Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act' sponsored by Rep. Diane Black and co-sponsored by 143 of her colleagues. The passage of this vitally important legislation would prohibit the distribution of Title X family planning money to entities that use abortion as a method of family planning," concluded Grossu.

Read the full GAO report HERE.

Congressman Robert Hurt's Statement on House Proposal to Balance the Budget and Prevent a Fiscal Crisis

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.Con.Res. 27 – the "Balanced Budget for a Stronger America" budget proposal:

"The House is once again leading the way with a budget that puts us on a path to fiscal sustainability.  Our plan rejects the unsustainable status quo of trillions of dollars in debt, an anemic economic recovery, and a federal budget that continues to run large annual deficits.  This legislation provides real solutions that will balance the budget, grow the economy, create more jobs and opportunity, save and strengthen vital programs, and ensure our national security.

"Our plan balances the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes and cuts $5.5 trillion in spending, placing our nation on a path to pay off the debt by growing the economy and making government more efficient, effective, and accountable.  It repeals the President's healthcare law and strengthens Medicare and Social Security for seniors and future recipients to ensure a secure retirement.  Our budget plan provides for a strong national defense through robust funding for troop training, equipment, and compensation.  Rejecting the idea that Washington knows best, this House budget gives power back to the states and cuts waste, eliminates redundancies, and ends the practice of Washington picking winners and losers in our economy.

"This budget is a pro-growth plan to strengthen our nation and reverse the President's policies that have put us on a path to a bankrupt federal government.  Now, it is my hope that the Senate will join us in adopting this budget resolution so we can initiate the annual appropriations process.  As we send fiscally responsible spending measures to the President, I hope he will join us in the effort to get our fiscal house in order so that we can grow our economy and build a stronger America for our children and grandchildren."


Friday, March 20, 2015

Secure Freedom Salutes Glenn Beck, N.R.A. For Investigation Of Grover Norquist, Calls On Board To Deem Him Ineligible To Serve

March 16, 2015

(Washington, D.C.):  Secure Freedom (also known as the Center for Security Policy) today applauded radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck for his principled declaration that he would end his close association with the National Rifle Association (NRA) if Grover Norquist were to be reelected to the NRA's Board of Directors in balloting now underway.  Mr. Beck initially made this pledge on his syndicated radio program in the course of an interview with Secure Freedom President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. on Wednesday, calling Norquist "a very bad man" and enabler of Muslim Brotherhood operatives.
Evidence of Mr. Norquist's longstanding ties to Islamic supremacists was compiled in a detailed dossier transmitted in February 2014 to the then-leadership of another prominent national organization, the American Conservative Union, by ten influential national security professionals, led by Bush '43 Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and Clinton Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey. 
A fourth edition of this monograph, entitled Agent of Influence: Grover Norquist and the Assault on the Right – Targeting the NRA, has just been released by Secure Freedom.  It includes illuminating correspondence written on the one hand by Mr. Norquist and one of his defenders, Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell, and on the other by General Mukasey and Mr. Gaffney.
Glenn Beck announced during his radio program on Friday that he had spoken for over an hour with Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President of the NRA. In response to what Mr. Beck described as "hundreds and hundreds and hundreds" of phone calls stimulated by his earlier announcement, Mr. LaPierre promised that the National Rifle Association would be launching a "transparent" ethics investigation of Mr. Norquist.
In the interest of assisting in that investigation, Mr. Gaffney today sent every member of the NRA's Board of Directors copies of the new edition of Agent of Influence, together with a transmittal letter (see below) offering to provide to have the Mukasey-Woolsey team provide its members with a briefing on the wealth of evidence of Grover Norquist's involvement with and assistance to Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist figures. 
In response to this week's dramatic developments, Mr. Gaffney said: 
For sixteen years, it has been evident that Grover Norquist has helped jihadists – including two who were subsequently convicted on terrorism charges – gain access to and influence over conservative organizations, the Republican Party and, most especially, the 2000 campaign and presidency of George W. Bush.  Until now, none of the groups with which he has been associated have been willing to do a serious inquiry into the nature and acceptability of such activities.
Members of the National Rifle Association are to be congratulated for their success in instigating such an investigation, as is Glenn Beck for raising the alarm that precipitated this inquiry and Wayne LaPierre for appreciating that nothing less would be acceptable.  The investigation will be in order and should be rigorously completed –  even if, as seems inevitable, Grover Norquist resigns from the NRA Board.
Agent of Influence can be downloaded for free at or purchased at  For more information, contact: [Samantha Nerove at or 703.504.8856].

Secure Freedom, is a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are vital to American security and then ensures that such issues are the subject of both focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public. For more information visit

Congressman Robert Hurt Votes to Reform the Environmental Protection Agency

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of two bills to reform the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act:

"Every day, senseless EPA regulations gravely hinder job growth and continue to make life more difficult for family farms and small businesses in Virginia's Fifth District.  Many of these regulations fail to meet the basic standards for transparency and accountability demanded and deserved by the American people.  At a time when we must be doing all we can to make it easier for our small businesses to create the jobs our local communities need, I share my constituents' frustrations.  

"I was pleased that this week, the House passed two bills to reform the way the EPA imposes rules and regulations on the American people.  These bills represent a positive step forward in ensuring that the EPA cannot whimsically institute politically motivated regulations that fail to consider the broad reaching negative effects on American businesses.  I was proud to support these commonsense bills and see them pass the House with bipartisan support.  I urge our colleagues in the Senate to consider these bills and work with us to send these necessary reforms to the President's desk." 

·         The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act would establish qualifications for members of the EPA's Science Advisory Board, reinforce its independence, facilitate public participation in the Board's advisory activities, and require that any policy advice offered from the Board can be distinguished from scientific determinations.

·         The Secret Science Reform Act would prohibit the EPA from proposing regulations unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support the action is thoroughly vetted to be the best available science, specifically identified, and publicly available.