Peter Sprigg

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Peter S. Sprigg (born 1957[1]) is Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C..[2]


Peter Sprigg earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in 1979 and his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1997.[2][3] He worked as an actor and unit leader in Covenant Players, an international Christian drama ministry, and as an economic development assistant to the late Congressman Robert F. Drinan (D-Mass.).[2]

Sprigg joined the FRC in 2001, and his research and writing have addressed issues of marriage and family, human sexuality, and religion in public life, and opposition to same-sex marriage and gay rights.[2] He has testified before federal, state and local courts on these issues.[4][5] He has argued that gay marriage is not an issue of civil rights.[6][unreliable source?][7][unreliable source?] He has linked homosexuality to pedophilia,[8] and argued that homosexuals are trying to brainwash children into accepting homosexuality through public schools.[9] Sprigg has publicly suggested that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell would encourage molestation of heterosexual members of the military[10] and suggested Kevin Jennings may have engaged in statutory rape.[11] In February 2010, Sprigg stated on NBC's Hardball that gay behavior should be outlawed and that Lawrence v. Texas was wrongly decide by the U.S. Supreme Court and that "criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior" should be enforced;[12] FRC President Tony Perkins later declared that criminalizing homosexuality is not a goal of the Council.[13][14]

Sprigg is a pro-life[15] ordained Baptist minister, and has served as pastor of Clifton Park Center Baptist Church in Clifton Park, New York.[2] He now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and son.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Outrage: how gay activists and liberal judges are trashing democracy to redefine marriage. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing: Lanham. 2004. ISBN 0-89526-021-2. 
  • Getting It Straight: What the Research Shows about Homosexuality. Washington, D.C.: Family Research Council. 2004. ISBN 1-55872-009-X.  (with Timothy Dailey)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Family Research Council website, May 8, 2010
  3. ^ Science and the Knowledge of God: From Machine to Metaphor (Journal of Faith and Science Exchange, 1997) ("Peter Sprigg graduated in 1997 with an M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary")
  4. ^ District of Columbia Board of Elections, Jan 27 2010, A Referendum on the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009 [2]
  5. ^ Maryland House of Delegates Marriage Amendment Act, House bill 1345, Feb 28, 2008 [3]
  6. ^ Ken Ham, A. Charles Ware, Todd A. Hillard, Darwin's Plantation: Evolution's Racist Roots, New Leaf Publishing Group, 2007, p. 174 [4]
  7. ^ Patricia M. Stockland, Same-Sex Marriage, ABDO, 2007, p. 24
  8. ^ Fritz Cropp, Cynthia M. Frisby, Dean Mills, Journalism across cultures, Wiley-Blackwell, 2003, p. 89 [5]
  9. ^ Cynthia Burack, Jyl J. Josephson, Fundamental differences: feminists talk back to social conservatives, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, p. 177 [6]
  10. ^ "Family Research Council Labeled 'Hate Group' By SPLC Over Anti-Gay Rhetoric". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  11. ^ Mark Dice, The New World Order, 2010, p. 90
  12. ^ "CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you think we should outlaw gay behavior?
    PETER SPRIGG: Well, I think certainly –
    MATTHEWS: I’m just asking you, should we outlaw gay behavior?
    SPRIGG: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned the sodomy laws in this country, was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.
    MATTHEWS: So we should outlaw gay behavior.
    SPRIGG: Yes."
    February 02, 2010. Hardball, MSNBC.statement at 8:37, transcript
  13. ^ "Perkins, Potok spar over hate group". Hardball with Chris Matthews. MSNBC. Retrieved December 8, 2010 [Broken Link].  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "Tony Perkins Defends Family Research Council, Sort Of". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  15. ^ Marcia Carlson (ed.), Paula England (ed.), Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America, Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 2011, p. 60 [7]

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