Trump to speak at anti-LGBT conference on Friday

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

At last year's event, Trump eulogized Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, both of whom were vocal opponents of LGBT rights and promised attendees that as president he would repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 change in the US tax code introduced by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, mostly churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for elected office.

Trump also had positive comments for Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), the organization behind the Values Voter Summit, and televangelist Franklin Graham, both of whom strongly oppose LGBT rights.

The president made an appearance at the convention past year, but he was then only a presidential nominee.

Trump is scheduled to speak on Friday morning at the opening ceremonies which kick off the three-day convening being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. "Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the eight years of relentless assault on the First Amendment".

According to a Family Research Council (FRC) press release, Trump will speak at the event on Friday, October 13.

This news comes on the heels of Trump's recent "Religious Freedom" guidance which will allow for a multitude of discriminations based on someone's sexual preference or gender identity.

This year, confirmed speakers for the summit include, among others, former United States Representative of Minnesota Michele Bachmann; Gary Bauer, President of American Values; best-selling authors and entrepreneurs David & Jason Benham; citizen journalist David Daleiden; Frank Gaffney, Founder of Center for Security Policy; best-selling author and syndicated host Laura Ingraham; Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights For the Unborn; Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life; Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson; Lila Rose, Founder and President of LiveAction; House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.); award-winning actors and producers Kevin & Sam Sorbo; Erick Stakelbeck, Host of The Watchmen; Todd Starnes, Host of The Todd Starnes Show; Mat Staver, Founder and President of Liberty Counsel; former U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va); and Dr. The event has drawn more than 3,000 attendees from around the nation and foreign countries. "Garnering national and global media attention, CNN has called it "one of the top 10 political events of the year" and 'one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events.' Sean Hannity called it 'the premier conservative event now in the country'".

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