Family Research Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2013
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Family Research Council Calls on Sen. Kirk to Apologize for Discriminating Against Pro-family Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) today asked Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to apologize for his decision to cancel a Senate office building room reservation for the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society's The Family in America journal after homosexual activists protested the event.

Of Sen. Kirk's decision, FRC President Tony Perkins said:

"Sen. Kirk's decision is true discrimination, silencing anyone who doesn't adhere to a politically correct view of sexuality.

"We welcome open debate about policy differences on social issues. However, Sen. Kirk's decision to cancel the event signals that he wants to silence those who disagree with him.  We are encouraged by the many Illinois residents who have stood up in support of the Howard Center and its right to free speech and freedom of assembly.

"Holding a different view of marriage and sexuality is not discriminatory - especially when all the social science research demonstrates the benefits of the natural family.

"Sen. Kirk should respect our faith and our views, even if he doesn't agree with them - instead of literally closing the door to any debate or discussion," concluded Perkins.