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Tony Perkins

Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Appointed: 5-14-2018

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 U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), he was tasked with protecting people’s right to religious freedom around the world.

The homosexual community… they are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful.”

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What Tony Perkins Controlled

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.

Related Policies

Global Gag Rule

LGBTQ+ Rights

Planned Parenthood

Background on Tony Perkins

Demonizing Muslims

Tony Perkins has repeatedly demonized Muslims and spread the false belief that Muslims shouldn’t get the same constitutional freedoms as other Americans.

Trying to Ban Abortion

Tony Perkins wants to outlaw abortion and supports “defunding” Planned Parenthood. As a state legislator, Perkins 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
Praising ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill

Tony 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
Leading an LGBTQ+ Hate Group

Under Tony 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
Ties to White Supremacists

Tony 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