Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society
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The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an American organization that promotes research and education that demonstrates the importance of the natural family and a mother and father in the home as the only sustainable and fundamental unit of society.
The Center traces its origins back to 1976 when Rockford College President John A. Howard formed the Rockford College Institute. This group later became The Rockford Institute. In 1997 Howard and Allan C. Carlson broke from the Rockford Institute to form the Howard Center. The Howard Center is an independent, non-sectarian organization.
The current chairman of the board is Bill Andrews of Chicago, with a total of fifteen board members including Dallin H. Oaks who is an honorary board member.
In November 2013, a meeting hosted by the Howard Center and the World Congress of Families was denied access to a Senate meeting room by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). The meeting eventually went on as scheduled after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) intervened.
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