Celebrating 10 Years of Fighting for Life, Marriage, Family, and Liberty
In 2015, we celebrated our 10th anniversary as an organization. To commemorate this special milestone we created a 10 Years in the News (2005-2015) video and anniversary brochure (PDF) to give you, our supporters, a concise overview of our accomplishments and achievements over the past decade.
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A Brief History
2005 – Incorporated in 2004, Florida Family Policy Council was officially associated with Focus on the Family in 2005. John Stemberger steps down as Chairman of the Board and hired as President and General Counsel. FFPC launches the Florida Marriage Amendment Campaign with a press conference and statewide petition effort.
FFPC also helps organize a national rally and writes articles used around the country to argue for saving the life of Terri Schiavo. Stemberger appears on MSNBC as an expert legal voice opposing euthanasia.
2006 – FFPC creates the first statewide Judicial Voter Guide and files a lawsuit against the Florida Bar and Judicial Ethics Commission to allow judges to answer a questionnaire without violation of gag order. Stemberger publicly debates Florida Bar President. In response to the FFPC lawsuit, the Florida Bar creates a judicial questionnaire for judge candidates
FFPC also celebrates its First Annual Policy Awards Dinner with over 1,000 in attendance. Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the keynote speaker.
2007 – FFPC establishes a full-time legislative staff presence in the state capital of Tallahassee. FFPC also sponsors an exclusive showing of William Wilberforce movie Amazing Grace at the request of Speaker of the House Marco Rubio, who invites his fellow legislators.
2008 – FFPC prevents State Board of Education from teaching evolution as a fact and brings Ben Stein to Tallahassee to lobby legislators on a bill requiring critical analysis of evolution and to promote his new movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
FFPC also equips African American pastors through “High Impact” conferences, with keynote speaker Bishop Harry Jackson, throughout the state of Florida. Florida’s Constitution was amended to define marriage between one man and one woman with a 62% vote margin, by nearly 5 million voters.
2009 – FFPC launches Strong Marriages Florida a statewide campaign to reduce the divorce rate and strengthen marriages through marriage mentoring and supporting community marriage initiatives. FFPC also organizes with Chick-fil-A for successful “Live-Love-Lead” Rallies in Florida to help strengthen marriages. More than 6,000 attended.
FFPC President John Stemberger represents Rifqa Bary—the teenager who converted to Christianity from Islam—in the Orlando courts. Stemberger assembles and helps lead the legal team securing her freedom and citizenship.
2010 – FFPC promotes the Truth Project small group studies and training sessions for group leaders. Focus on the Family created this worldview training DVD/small-group series.
FFPC organized “Date Nights” every Tuesday evening for a month at 12 Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Palm Beach County, where couples come into every location for a date night. Pastors and lay leaders adopt each store location, and dynamic ministry takes place as marriages are strengthened, restored and healed.
2011 – Five historic pro-life bills pass. Governor Rick Scott holds a bill signing ceremony in the Governor’s mansion publicly recognizing FFPC for their efforts. FFPC organizes and hosts the first GOP Primary U.S. Senate Candidate Debate in Central Florida. Co-sponsored with the Central Florida Tea Party, this debate focuses on social and economic issues.
2012 – FFPC organizes major televised national prayer rally before the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
FFPC and staff hosts or speaks at more than 30 pastors’ conferences state-wide, educating and equipping pastors to know their legal rights relating to elections and legislative issues and challenging them to know what the Bible says about politics.
FFPC increases voter turnout by 13 percent among religious conservatives through a sister organization, Florida Family Action, conducting major field operations with 9 offices and 25 staff members.
2013 – FFPC leads the “On My Honor” campaign nationwide to try to stop the Boy Scouts of America from changing its membership policy to allow openly gay members. FFPC leads the creation and launch of Trail Life USA, a national Christian scouting movement for boys, focused on adventure, character, and leadership, now with 30,000 members and 750 troops in 48 states (2019 data).
2014 – FFPC helps defeat the controversial Amendment 2 (led by attorney John Morgan) on the 2014 ballot, which would have legalized pot smoking in the state constitution. FFPC wages an aggressive statewide Facebook and social media ad campaign that obtains approximately 8 million impressions.
FFPC publishes the State of Florida Cultural Indicators Report, researching 17 areas that affect Florida’s families.
2015 – FFPC hosts the first comprehensive GOP Presidential Candidate Analysis and Straw Poll in Florida for the critical 2016 upcoming election.
The 24-Hour Reflection Period bill passes requiring a 24-hour waiting period after the mother is made aware of the dangers, before she can abort her baby. FFPC launches a statewide campaign to terminate Florida’s Medicaid and Title X contracts to defund Planned Parenthood.
2016 – Planned Parenthood is defunded after a long campaign urging Governor Rick Scott to do so. Jacksonville’s dangerous Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) is defeated after pastors unite at major press conference. And, FFA launched grassroots field offices in Pensacola, Tampa, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale for the presidential election.
2017 – Under FFPC leadership women and families rallied in Jacksonville to urge Mayor Lenny Curry to veto the HRO and protect women and children. FFPC President John Stemberger was appointed to the historic Constitution Revision Commission which meets every 20 years to review and recommend proposed changes to the Florida Constitution.
2018 – FFPC held the very first GOP candidate forum for governor with Fox News pollster Frank Luntz at our annual dinner. After the primary, FFA was proud to endorse Ron DeSantis for Governor. Full color voter guides and other strategic tools were produced for the election to encourage informed voting. FFPC also launched its “Honoring God” campaign to challenge churches to vote to honor God and launched “Operation Panhandle Vote” to mobilize and educate voters in the hurricane affected areas of the Florida Panhandle.