GOP Candidates Take the Stage at Hate Group’s “Values” Summit
October 11, 2011 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
We told you Friday about House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor taking the stage at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) “Voter Values Summit” in DC – they were joined by presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.
Most of the candidates paid tribute to FRC’s rabidly anti-gay stances. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies FRC as a hate group because of their “propagation of known falsehoods — claims about [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry – who himself has ties to anti-gay groups like the American Family Association and the International House of Prayer – called “the demise of the family the demise of this great country.”
Herman Cain – whose poll numbers are on the rise despite recent claims that he believes being gay is a choice – received a warm welcome from the crowd. Cain told FRC attendees that “we have a moral crisis” and that “I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.” Cain said he’d instruct the Department of Justice to immediately resume defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. He struck a revolutionary tone, telling the crowd “we’ve got some altering and abolishing to do” when it comes to the current government.
Michele Bachmann touted her role in getting a discriminatory marriage amendment on the ballot in Minnesota. On the issue of marriage equality, she told the crowd: “You won’t find me equivocating or hemming and hawing when I’m asked to define marriage as between one man and one woman….we recognize the deep roots of natural law and the shared belief it was a Holy God who designed marriage as between man and woman.”
Mitt Romney also took the stage at the conference – we’ll have a recap of his remarks shortly.
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