The man behind last year's shooting at the Family Research Council's Washington, D.C., headquarters has pleaded guilty.
During his federal court appearance Wednesday, Floyd Corkins entered guilty pleas and revealed more about why he attacked the FRC.
Corkins pleaded guilty to the following three charges:
- Interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition,
- Assault with intent to kill while armed,
- An act of terrorism while armed.
Corkins admitted that he intended to kill as many people as possible and then smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the faces of his victims.
According to the plea, Corkins targeted the Family Research Council for their stance on gay rights. He said he found the FRC and others labeled as hate groups on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website.
Immediately after the Aug. 15 shooting, FRC President Tony Perkins said the SPLC shares some of the blame for the attack.
"Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by groups like the SPLC, which have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy," Perkins said in August.
The SPLC rejected that comment, but in a new statement Perkins said that Corkins' revelations bear him out.
"The Southern Poverty Law Center can no longer say that it is not a source for those bent on committing acts of violence," Perkins said, calling on the group to put an immediate stop to its practices.
The SPLC features a "hate map" on its website with more than 900 active hate groups in the United States.
SPLC leaders say the Family Research Council is an anti-gay group because it alleges the group's statements about homosexuality could lead to violence against gays.
Corkins is facing up to 30 years in prison on each of the two local charges and up to 10 years on the federal charge. His sentencing is scheduled for April 29.