Robert H. Knight

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Robert H. Knight (born April 23, 1951)[1][2] is an American conservative writer and activist. He was a draftsman of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the barred federal recognition of same-sex marriage. DOMA was invalidated by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor (2013).[3] He is senior fellow of the American Civil Rights Union and a regular columnist for The Washington Times.[4] He was senior writer for Coral Ridge Ministries (now D. James Kennedy Ministries) and director of the Culture and Media Institute, a project founded in 2006 by the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Virginia.[5] Knight has also served as director of the Culture & Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.[3]


Knight worked as an editor and writer for the Los Angeles Times and was a 1989-1990 media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was a senior fellow for cultural policy studies at the Heritage Foundation before becoming director of cultural studies at the Family Research Council.[6]


Knight is a social conservative.[7] He is an outspoken opponent on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships and has written prolifically on that topic. He believes that recognizing same-sex couples "will destroy marriage"[8] and "would threaten families, children, and ultimately civilization."[9] In 1995, Knight accused the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay Republicans, of being a "small group trying to harness government power to force affirmation of unhealthy, immoral and destructive behavior."[7] Knight has asserted that "The end goal of gay activism is the criminalization of Christianity" and has accused some activists of advocating pedophilia and attempting to recruit youth.[10] He has referred to abortion, pornography, and gay rights as part of an "iron triangle."[10] In the aftermath of the 1998 torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student, Knight denounced the murder but opposed proposals to extend hate crime laws,[11] believing them to be "the precursor toward thought crimes."[10]

Knight is on the advisory board of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, which promotes abstinence-only sex education.[12]

Written works[edit]

Knight is the author of several works:

  • Fighting for America's Soul: How Sweeping Change Threatens Our Nation and What We Must Do (2009, updated in 2010, by Coral Ridge Ministries at
  • "Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Toward Socialism" (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries at
  • "The Silencers: How Liberals Are Trying to Shut Down Media Freedom in the U.S." (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries)
  • "The Truth About Marriage", (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries), co-author of "Ten Truths About Socialism" (2010, Coral Ridge Ministries at
  • The Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and the Corruption of Popular Culture, published in 1998 and 2000 by Spence Publishing.


He has a B.S. (1973) and M.S. (1975) in political science from American University.[4] In 1981, he married his wife Barbara,[13] with whom he now lives in the Washington, D.C. area.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Morahan, Lawrence (August 1, 2001). "Getting to the Truth About Moral Relativism". Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Robert H. Knight". Concerned Women for America. October 10, 2002. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Leadership and Staff". American Civil Rights Union. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "CMI Staff". CMI. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  6. ^ Robert H. Knight, "How Domestic Partnerships and 'Gay Marriage' Threaten the Family" in Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality (ed. John Corvino: 1997) (Rowman & Littefield: 1999 paperback ed.), p. 391.
  7. ^ a b David W. Dunlap, For Gay Republicans, the Ideological Sniping Comes From Both Camps, New York Times (October 4, 1995).
  8. ^ Knight, Robert H. (2003). "Talking Points on Marriage: Giving "gay" relationships marital status will destroy marriage". CWFA. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  9. ^ Robert H. Knight, "How Domestic Partnerships and 'Gay Marriage' Threaten the Family" in Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality (ed. John Corvino: 1997) (Rowman & Littefield: 1999 paperback ed.), p. 289
  10. ^ a b c Robert Boston, Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys Into the Twilight Zone (Prometheus Books, 2000), p. 46.
  11. ^ David A. Neiwert, Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave Macmillian, 2004), p. 106.
  12. ^ Knight, Robert H. (2008-04-13). "Right Diagnosis, Wrong Remedy". The Washington Post. p. B6. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  13. ^ Morahan, Lawrence (2001-08-01). "Robert Knight: Getting to the Truth About Moral Relativism". Cybercast News Service. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 

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