Remember when Donald Trump was promising to be a champion of the LGBTQ community? What happened to that?
Marilyn Drew Necci | October 12, 2017
The Values Voter Summit is an annual gathering sponsored by FRC Action, the Family Research Council’s political action committee. Founded in the wake of Ronald Reagan’s election, the Family Research Council (FRC) has been a wellspring of anti-LGBTQ political activity since its inception. The group has long opposed any expansion of civil rights laws to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.
The group was also a major opposing force during the fight for marriage equality, filing amicus briefs both in support of California’s marriage-equality-nullifying Proposition 8 and in support of the Defense Of Marriage Act when that law’s constitutionality was being considered by the Supreme Court.
They even lobbied against a 2010 Congressional Resolution condemning Uganda’s application of the death penalty to those who engage in homosexual activity. Supposedly their issue was with “sweeping and inaccurate assertions that homosexual conduct is internationally recognized as a fundamental human right,” according to a statement released at the time. Regardless, it was around this time that the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the FRC as an anti-LGBT hate group.
This is who Donald Trump will be delivering the keynote address to this weekend. FRC President Tony Perkins proclaimed in a statement announcing Trump’s address that “values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on.” As an LGBTQ voter myself–not that I voted for the guy–I’m personally wondering what the heck happened to the promises he made us. So much for those, right?
Perkins continued by saying, “President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment.” Here, he is presumably referencing the recent actions by Trump’s Department Of Justice to fight in favor of discrimination against LGBTQ people being protected as “freedom of religion.”
Trump’s appearance this weekend will mark his fourth time speaking to the Values Voter Summit. However, it is the first time he or any sitting President has appeared at the conference. The conference will feature a variety of other conservative figures with known anti-LGBTQ views, including former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka, who, in addition to wearing the medal of a Nazi-associated group to Trump’s Inaugural Ball, has also said that Trump enacted the trans military ban “out of the warmth of his consideration for this population.” Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, who has called being gay a sin and compared it to bestiality. This is the company our president keeps. Is it 2020 yet?