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 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: |access-date= (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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