There can be no excuse for violence in response to the words of another — period.  This part is simple and our message on this has been consistent over the years.  There is no need for extended editorials or hand-wringing, it really is a simple as that.  We stand with dozens of other LGBT groups in solidarity against the recent shooting at the Family Research Council.

Unfortunately, there will likely always be a few in our midst who are not guided by reason or who have psychological issues which lead them to act rashly in unacceptable ways.  Heaven knows the LGBT community has seen more than its share of violence perpetrated upon it.  We must all do our best to see the signs ahead of time and, when possible, prevent these actions.

None of this should prevent accurately recognizing when a person or group decides to leave the bounds of truth and fact in order to denigrate and marginalize an entire class of people.  On the contrary, to ignore such injustice only feeds into the atmosphere of helplessness which breeds more violent acts.  We must be honest, without unnecessarily fanning those flames.  To that end, we offer the following record of comments with no commentary whatsoever.

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center listed as an anti-gay hate group in 2010:


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