Anti-Gay Group Posts Their DOMA & Prop 8 Reactions Before SCOTUS Has Ruled

By: Monday June 24, 2013 10:40 pm

The nation remains in suspense as another Monday has passed without the release of opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court on the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases.  The anti-gay group Family Policy Institute of Washington is done with waiting, apparently, because it has already posted three responses to the unreleased opinions. FPIW was one of [...]

Family Policy Institute of Washington Misrepresents Facts in a Child Rape Case

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 10:57 am

Family Policy Institute of Washington is so eager to get a parental notification law passed in Washington state that its executive director, Joseph Backholm, is apparently willing to misrepresent court-documented facts. Parental notification laws require that minors notify and/or get consent from one or both parents before getting an abortion.  Washington is one of only [...]

Washington Voters Decisively Rejected The “License To Discriminate” Against Gays In 2006

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 4:38 pm

A bill (SB 5927) filed late last week by Washington state Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) and nearly half of the state legislature’s Republican caucus seeks to roll back part of the state’s anti-discrimination law to allow businesses to deny services to customers “if providing those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or [...]

Pastor Gary Randall Seems To Be Warning Donors Away From Family Policy Institute of Washington

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 4:43 pm

It isn’t every day that one leading anti-gay activist accuses another of misusing cash donations.  Pastor Gary Randall, president of Faith and Freedom Network, appears to be accusing Family Policy Institute of Washington and/or its executive director Joseph Backholm of mishandling funds. It all started with a florist who allegedly broke the law: On April [...]

NOM’s Preserve Marriage Washington Under Investigation For Campaign Disclosure Law Infractions

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 2:06 pm

The Washington state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has decided to investigate allegations made last summer that Preserve Marriage Washington violated state law “by failing to disclose contributions received or expenditures made in connection with staff services,” a letter from the PDC says. Preserve Marriage Washington was the National Organization for Marriage affiliate that attempted to [...]

Marriage Not A Lost Cause in Washington State, Even With Gays Now Included

By: Monday February 25, 2013 12:53 pm

Several weeks ago, the anti-gay organization Family Policy Institute of Washington got firmly behind the ”Family Second Chances” bill (SB 5614) introduced into the Washington state legislature.  The bill is intended to reduce divorce rates by extending the mandatory waiting period from 90 days to one year, and would require those seeking a divorce to read [...]

Preserve Marriage Washington’s Campaign Chair Under Scrutiny by Public Disclosure Commission

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:49 am

Investigators at Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission are recommending that Joseph Backholm, campaign chair and treasurer of Preserve Marriage Washington, be found in violation of state law and that the case be referred to the Attorney General for legal action. The charges stem from Mr. Backholm’s actions as treasurer of Family PAC, a political action [...]

Slippery Slope Fail: FPIW’s Claim That Gay Marriage Leads to Cousin Marriage

By: Monday October 1, 2012 12:15 am

Let the gays marry and what next, cousins?! So says the anti-gay organization Family Policy Institute of Washington: “A website advocating on behalf of cousin couples. You wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it yourself, but its worth thinking about if we are going to say all “loving and committed relationships deserve to be able [...]

“Family” Group Lauds Marriage For Protecting Children From Violence, Yet Works to Bar Children With Gay Parents From Enjoying That Benefit

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 3:16 pm

Among opponents of civil marriage equality, anti-gay animus always trumps concern for the welfare of children. The latest example is provided by Family Policy Institute of Washington. On the one hand, FPIW is promoting the Heritage Foundation article “Marriage Protects Women and Children from Violence”, calling it “A good article on one often overlooked benefit [...]

NOM’s Figurehead Joseph Backholm Muzzles Other Washington Locals

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 3:30 pm

As if to confirm my recent observations, Gary Randall reports that Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has selected Joseph Backholm of Family Policy Institute of Washington to run their remote-control operation in Washington, and has muzzled other local leaders in the anti-gay industry. Taking issue with Joseph Backholm’s power-grabbing solo filing of Referendum [...]

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