Meet Family Council
Family Council President Jerry Cox tells us a little about Family Council and its work.
What Others Are Saying About Our Work
In this 2016 video, now-former Southern Baptist Convention President and Pastor Ronnie Floyd discusses the work of Family Council and why pastors should be engaged in the public arena.
Promoting Traditional Family Values in Arkansas
Family Council’s mission is to promote, protect, and strengthen traditional family values found and reflected in the Bible by impacting public opinion and public policy.
Family Council was established by Jerry Cox in 1989 as part of a nationwide network of State Family Policy Councils associated with Focus on the Family. Our office is located in Little Rock, but our network of over 10,000 families and churches covers every part of Arkansas. Our mission of promoting, protecting, and strengthening traditional family values is at the core of all we do.
Pro-Life We are at the forefront of the fight to protect the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Over the years, we have secured passage of legislation to prevent partial-birth abortions, prevent the cloning of human embryos, prevent abortions without parental consent, prevent abortions without informed consent, and made physician-assisted suicide illegal. In addition we have worked to uphold the rights of nursing home patients and others in long-term care facilities.
Pro-Marriage Family Council is a leader in the fight to protect marriage. In 2004 we formed the Arkansas Marriage Amendment Committee and, after gathering over 200,000 petition signatures, we worked for the successful passage of a State Constitutional Amendment that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The amendment passed with 75% of the vote.
Pro-Family Family Council is a leader in protecting the welfare of foster and adoptive children. In 2008 we worked with the Family Council Action Committee to secure passage of a state law that prevents adoptive or foster children from being placed with unmarried couples—gay or straight. The measure passed with 57% of the vote statewide. In addition, we have been a vocal opponent of the Arkansas Lottery and other forms of gambling.
A Conservative Voice at the State Capitol and in the Media
Family Council is a strong conservative voice at the State Capitol when the Arkansas Legislature is in session. We review every bill introduced, advise lawmakers, provide committee testimony, and help citizens across the state make their voices heard in the halls of government. (Link to Legislative Page)
Family Council is an influential conservative voice in the media. When social and moral issues are at the forefront of the public debate, we provide a biblical perspective on issues ranging from abortion, to homosexuality, and taxes, to health care. We are frequently quoted in the newspapers, interviewed for TV and radio news, and we are active on the Internet.(Link to Media Page)
Promoting Responsible Citizenship
Voter’s need accurate non-partisan information on where political candidates stand on social and moral issues. For over 20 years, we have been Arkansas’ leading source of non-partisan candidate information. The Family Council voter’s guide not only provides information about where candidates stand on the issues, but we provide information on voting records, campaign contributions, ballot issues, and much more. ArkansasVotersGuide.com is one of the state’s best sources of information for voters.