2005


Here is a sampling of the issues Family Policy Network confronted in 2005:


FPN President Doubts Senator’s Sincerity on Hate Crimes

A Virginia-based pro-family activist is skeptical about Senator George Allen’s recent announcement that he no longer supports hate crimes legislation that includes “sexual orientation” as a protected status category.

In 2004 Allen voted in favor of a bill that added sexual orientation to the federal Hate Crimes Act, but recently he said he is reversing his previous position and will not support the measure this time. Joe Glover, president of the Family Policy Network, says he welcomes the senator’s announcement but has doubts as to whether the Republican lawmaker is sincere in stating his new position on the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in hate crimes legislation — a position stating opposition to what he once openly favored. Continue Reading →

Senator Reverses Stance on Hate Crimes Legislation

U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) has confirmed he will henceforth OPPOSE legislation that would add “sexual orientation” to the list of federally recognized “hate crimes.” The change in policy is being welcomed by the leader of the Virginia-based Family Policy Network – the group that has hounded Allen for breaking a written promise NOT to support such legislation in 2004.

The reversal comes after several months of actions by FPN staff criticizing Allen for breaking a promise to oppose such pro-homosexual legislation. Besides educating 35,000 of its own supporters, FPN also targeted Christian radio stations and conservative media outlets, successfully reaching listeners to thousands of Christian radio stations and readers of numerous conservative publications. In one-widely circulated article, FPN President Joe Glover had promised, “George Allen broke his promise to not support adding “sexual orientation” to the federal list of hate crimes last year. We’re asking him not to break that promise again now,”

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CNS NEWS: Exclusive: Sen Allen Withdraws ‘Hate Crimes’ Support
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Kilgore Learns the High Cost of Compromise

The pundits are spinning the demise of Jerry Kilgore as a defeat for conservatism and a victory for the “moderate” middle of the road. Such conclusions are based on the idea that successful campaigns appeal to so-called “swing voters” who support “reasonable” candidates from either party on a given day.

The poll numbers from Tuesday’s election tell us something entirely different, since two unapologetically pro-life, anti-tax conservative candidates fared much better than the moderated version of Jerry Kilgore. What’s interesting is that most voters didn’t know about Kilgore’s leftward drift, but that didn’t keep it from shooting him in the foot. It all started very soon after he won his first statewide race, when he began to compromise in a futile attempt to win the second. Continue Reading →

VA GOP Loss Due to Compromises on Abortion, Homosexuality, Taxes…

(FPN – 11/10/05) While the pundits are spinning the failure of the Virginia GOP to retake the Governor’s mansion as a defeat for conservatism and a victory for “centrist” Democrats, FPN President Joe Glover is calling it the result of the Republican candidate’s compromise on conservative values. [-more-] Continue Reading →

FPN Endorses Proposition 2 – The Texas Marriage Amendment

On Tuesday, the voters of Texas will consider several new amendments to the state’s Constitution. By far, the most important proposal would define marriage as the exclusive union between a man and a woman.

Family Policy Network (FPN) endorses the Texas Marriage Amendment, and encourages you to vote “YES” for Proposition 2 on Tuesday, November the 8th. Continue Reading →

Conservatives wary of new SCOTUS pick

When the President announced his nomination of Judge John Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, conservative leaders were confident that Bush had fulfilled his promise. However, evidence soon emerged that Roberts may not become the conservative justice everyone had expected. With the announcement of Harriet Miers as the President’s next nominee, similar concerns are mounting quickly. Continue Reading →

Senator Urged to Keep Promise vs. Hate Crimes… This Time

F A M I L Y – P O L I C Y – N E T W O R K FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2005 Continue Reading →

Just a Coincidence – – or the Hand of God?

2008 UPDATE: Thankful Gustav was not as devastating as it could have been, here’s a flashback to Katrina from FPN. Notice the piece doesn’t promote a point Continue Reading →

FDA: “Yes-No-Maybe” on Morning-After Abortion Pill (MAP)

Should the FDA make Morning-after Abortion Pills available Over-The-Counter? TAKE ACTION: CLICK HERE TO WRITE PRESIDENT BUSH FDA expresses willingness to approve Over-The-Counter (OTC) access to MAP Continue Reading →

Conservatives now wary of Supreme Court nominee

“From the first time then-candidate George W. Bush spoke of the kind of judge he would nominate to the Supreme Court if he were elected in 2000, Continue Reading →

FPN President Joins Call to President to Nominate Pro-Decency Justice

Soon after the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Family Policy Network President Joe Glover joined several of the nation’s pro-family leaders in asking Continue Reading →

Bush Keeps Clinton Policy on Homosexual “Rights” in Federal Workplace

When Scott Bloch, the Bush-appointed head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, deleted the term “sexual orientation” from the list of the agency’s protected workplace anti-discrimination categories, he believed he was acting in accordance with White House sentiments and with federal law. After all, the term “sexual orientation” was only placed there by one of Bill Clinton’s Executive Orders, and it had never been given permanent legal status by Congress. Besides, a conservative Republican White House would certainly back him up, right? Wrong. Bloch found out the hard way that the Bush administration is anything but opposed to special rights for people who engage in homosexuality. Continue Reading →

Bush Endorses “Sexual Orientation” Anti-Discrimination Laws

In April 2004, the White House released the following statement: “Longstanding federal policy prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation. … President Bush expects federal agencies to enforce this policy and to ensure that all federal employees are protected from unfair discrimination at work.” Continue Reading →

Virginia sued over FPN’s “In God We Trust” posters

Myers filed his lawsuit after posters were distributed to schools statewide by the Virginia-based Family Policy Network, a nonprofit Christian advocacy group. The posters feature “In God Continue Reading →

FPN Leader Opposes Flawed Tennessee Marriage Amendment

“Lawmakers are nearly two full years into a three-year process to amend the Tennessee State Constitution to protect marriage from redefinition by liberals and homosexual activists. Unfortunately, Continue Reading →

FPN-TN leader wants current marriage proposals to be withdrawn or fail

Family Policy Network State Director Ron Shank wrote to more than a thousand supporters throughout Tennessee on Friday, explaining reasons why he wants the current marriage amendment proposals here be withdrawn or fail. [-more-]


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Virginia Marriage Amendment language finalized

(Richmond) – Members of a House and Senate conference committee in the Virginia General Assembly have struck an agreement on the Virginia Marriage Amendment. The final language, which was subsequently approved by the full legislature (on 2/26/05), reads as follows:

That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.

This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage.

Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.

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Pro-family Virginians endorse Marriage Amendment for the Commonwealth

Citizens throughout Virginia are lining up to endorse the proposed Virginia Marriage Amendment (VMA), defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman. Here is a sampling of residents in the Old Dominion who have endorsed VMA:

Chris Enloe – Leesburg, Annemarie Erway – Hampton, Jamie Erway – Hampton, Jan Fear – Roanoke, Debra Ferguson – Hopewell, Gordy Ferguson – Hopewell, Winona Fisk – Occoquan, Shirley Forrest – Newport News, Lloyd N. Forry – Dumfries, Orland Foster – Richmond, Lester Gabriel – Stafford, Richard Garbade – Moseley, James Gardner – Spotsylvania, Linda George – Virginia Beach, Jamal Ghammashi – Prince George, Karie Ghammashi – Prince George, Dick Glover – Henrico County, George Gobble – Roanoke County, Stan Gould – Virginia Beach, Cindi Graesser – Richmond, Doug Green – Henrico, Amanda Gregory – York County, Joseph Grenier – Prince William County, Brian Grenon – Chesapeak, John Gress – Greene, Darryl Griebel – Norfolk

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ALERT: Virginia Marriage Amendment language finalized

(Richmond) – Members of a House and Senate conference committee in the Virginia General Assembly have struck an agreement on the Virginia Marriage Amendment. The final language, which was subsequently approved by the full legislature on Saturday, reads as follows:

That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.

This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage.

Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.

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Lesbian Researcher Claims ‘Gay’ Families ‘Just as Happy’

(FPN) – A lesbian professor at the University of Virginia has co-authored “research” claiming teenagers whose parents are in lesbian relationships are just as happy and do just as well in school as teenagers whose parents are in heterosexual relationships. However, the activist nature of her overall career and personal life – not to mention the subjective nature of her “findings” – render her conclusions meaningless. Continue Reading →

Virginia Lawmakers Vote Decisively to Defend Marriage

Pro-family groups are commending the Virginia legislature for its approval of a constitutional amendment to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. The Senate passed a marriage amendment Monday by a vote of 30-10, and yesterday the Virginia House of Delegates also supported the measure in a vote of 78-18. Continue Reading →

Homosexuals fight for access to Virginia schoolchildren

Virginia legislators have proposed a new law that would bar access to public schools to groups focused on “supporting, assisting, or justifying any lifestyle involving sexual behavior.” Homosexual activists are attempting to kill the bill, fearing it would have a detrimental effect on so-called “gay-straight alliances” (a.k.a. GSA’s) currently meeting on school campuses throughout the Old Dominion. [--more--] Continue Reading →

Bush Shows True Colors on Marriage Amendment

President Bush said Sunday that he will not press the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The change in position comes just days after Democrats called on the President to abandon his push for an amendment.

By dropping his push for a constitutional amendment Bush will likely incur the wrath of social conservatives within the GOP, but avoid a confrontation with Democrats when he needs their support in the Senate to confirm dozens of appointments.
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