The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an American organization that promotes research that demonstrates the importance of a mother and father with a family consisting of their own biological children as the basic unit of society.
The Center traces its origins back to 1976 when Rockford College President John A. Howard formed the Rockford College Institute. This group later became The Rockford Institute. In 1997 Howard and Allan C. Carlson broke from the Rockford Institute to form the Howard Center. The Howard Center is an independent, non-sectarian organization.
The current chairman of the board is Bill Andrews of Chicago, with a total of fifteen board members including Dallin H. Oaks who is an honorary board member.
The Howard Center gained some publicity when Carlson, who was then its president, testified in a victorious Washington Supreme Court case against gay marriage.