Mike Pence becomes first vice president to speak at anti-LGBTQ summit

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Mike Pence has become the first vice president in history to speak at the anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit.

The summit is a conservative conference, taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC over three days. The event is renowned for attracting far-right activists and white supremacists.

It’s also organised by the Family Research Council, who are designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Pence attended the summit on Saturday (22 September), to reach out to the Republican Party’s evangelical Christian supporters ahead of November’s midterm elections.

He told the audience: “While Republicans have been delivering on a common-sense conservative agenda since 2016—in case you didn’t notice – Democrats have fallen further to the left than ever before.

“Today’s Democratic Party wants to raise your taxes. Today’s Democratic Party wants open borders and to abolish ICE. Today’s Democratic Party thinks Obamacare didn’t go far enough, and they’re now running actual socialists for higher office.

“Today’s Democratic Party wants abortion on demand, and they want you to pay for it.”

Pence has repeatedly shown an anti-LGBTQ stance throughout his career, claiming that same-sex marriage would lead to “societal collapse”, and also voted against passing a non-discrimination act.

Back in October, Trump joked that Pence “wants to hang all gay people” – which, of course, they denied.

Oh, and in 2000, Pence proposed a shift in government funds from the Ryan White Act – which helps those living with HIV/AIDS – to “institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour.”

Donald Trump also attended the summit last year, becoming the first president in history to attend an anti-LGBTQ conference.

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