Rick Perry to fundraise for Family Research Council affiliate in New Hampshire
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who formally announced his bid for president over the weekend, will raise money for Cornerstone Action, a family policy council associated with the Family Research Council (FRC), at the organization’s “2011 Steward of the Family Banquet” on Oct. 28 in Manchester, N.H.
Perry is the latest Republican presidential candidate to announce fundraising support for FRC’s network of family councils. In May, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann attended a fundraiser for the Minnesota Family Council. This fall, Rick Santorum will fundraise for the Family Institute of Connecticut, Herman Cain will be on hand for the Family Foundation of Virginia and Bachmann will raise money for the Florida Family Policy Council.
FRC, a national anti-gay organization, is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
Cornerstone has been working since 2009 to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Lynch that year. The group has also opposed anti-bullying measures and has pushed for the defunding of Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire.
Earlier this year, LGBT groups noted that Cornerstone endorses “ex-gay” therapy, or counseling designed to cure homosexuality.
According to the Family Research Council, “Family Policy Councils (FPCs) accomplish at the state level what Family Research Council does at the national level – shape public debate and formulate public policy.”