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Hate Group Summit Features GOP Presidential Candidates, John Boehner and Eric Cantor

Family Research Council Values Voter Summit

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Whip Eric Cantor were just a few of the faces who took the stage at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC this morning. Boehner pledged to continue spending taxpayer dollars on the defense of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, while Cantor referred to FRC President Tony Perkins as “a man I consider a personal friend.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Family Research Council (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.”

 The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the recent implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal are major topics for speakers at the conference. FRC President Tony Perkins opened the conference by declaring “we need a conservative who will undo the economic, moral and social destruction this administration has done unto America.” Speaker Boehner pledged to continue spending taxpayer dollars to defend DOMA, while a retired Lieutenant General implied allowing gay and lesbian servicemembers to serve openly was in opposition to mainstream American values and the beliefs of the majority of Americans.

Family Research Council Values Voter SummitIn fact, a Washington Post poll taken just days before Congress repealed DADT last December found that nearly 80 percent of Americans favored allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. A May Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans support full marriage equality for same-sex couples. And recent polling found that 85 percent of people of faith believe that their religion leads them to believe LGBT Americans should be treated equally under the law.

Other speakers at the event include GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney; as well as Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Roy Blunt, Laura Ingraham and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

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