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Values Voter Summit

What Makes Men 'Gay'?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

My encounter with the virulently anti-gay Benham brothers at the Values Voter Summit had me asking myself: What makes men "gay"? Of course, I don't mean what makes people actually homosexual, biologically, or what inspires them to desire gay sex. Rather, what makes men appear "gay" within popular culture and thought to be gay even by gay men themselves?

The Right's New Strategy After Gay Marriage Loss: Finding the Gay 'Partial Birth Abortion'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Frank Schubert said that if by chance marriage equality opponents lost at the high court, as pretty much happened yesterday, they would have to go the route they did with abortion after Roe v. Wade. They'd have to seek "incremental" wins, he said, as they did then, chipping away slowly at abortion rights.

Ted Cruz Denies Report He's Going To Run For President

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pushed back on a report that he is leaning heavily toward seeking the White House in 2016, saying on Monday that he has not ye...

Why Do Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Other GOP Politicians Continue Bowing to Anti-LGBT Extremists?

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Why do politicians like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal still think it's OK to speak to groups that vilify the LGBT community with outrageous propaganda and demonizing falsehoods? If racism is anathema to the GOP, why isn't overt anti-LGBT bigotry equally repellent?

Elise Foley

Texas Lt. Gov.: National Guard Troops Still Needed At Border

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) said Friday that even though illegal border crossings are down, the state has no intention of recallin...

Elise Foley

Ted Cruz: Democrats Are An 'Extreme, Radical Party'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In front of a highly supportive crowd at the Values Voter Summit, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused Democrats on Friday of being an “ex...

Republicans Rallying Behind 'Religious Liberty'

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conserv...

Poster Boy for Anti-Gay Campaign Against Military Religious Freedom Really Could Be Court-Martialed for This

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

In the two years since the repeal of DADT, none of the dire predictions pushed by the anti-gay fundamentalist crowd that this would be the end of civilization as we know it have come true, so they're now having to invent problems in order to be able to say "we told you so."

Values Voter Summit: Has GOP Homophobia Been Shoved Into the Closet?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Since its inception in 2006, the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, has never failed to deliver when it comes to anti-LGBT bile hurled during prime-time events by Republican presidential contenders. But this year's conference seemed a bit different.

The Dangers of Sen. Rand Paul's Argument Against Terrorism

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Sen. Paul despises religious persecution and terrorism. However, the arguments he cites to arrive at this position are demeaning and ultimately exclusionary.

Republicans Seek To Win Over Key Conservatives

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Evangelicals in search of a new political standard-bearer are looking for more than just opposition to gay marriage ...

Beck, Others Unite At Conservative Event

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

The 2013 Values Voter Summit is taking place this weekend in Washington, D.C. Conservative politicians like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen...

Christina Wilkie

Speaker At Conservative Conference Calls Matthew Shepard's Murder 'A Total Fraud'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Radio host Sandy Rios on Friday said the characterization of Matthew Shepard's brutal 1998 murder as an anti-gay hate crime was "a total...

Santorum Still Thinking About 2016 Presidential Run

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

After an unsuccessful run at the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is still considering another go-round. Sant...

Luke Johnson

Gohmert: McCain 'Supported Al Qaeda'

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) took tea party dislike for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) a step further Friday, charging that he "supported Al ...

Jon Ward

Dems Worry About The One Not Rallying Conservative Faithful

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Inside yet another darkened hotel ballroom, three Republican presidential hopefuls appeared Friday before the culture warrior faithful a...

Conservative Makes Shocking Obamacare-'Slavery' Comparison

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America "since slavery" while speaking at the 2013 Values Voter Summit in Washi...

Pity the Values Voter Summit

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The themes and speakers at VVS2013 have the whiff of decayed ideas and diminished power. But the really horrible part of the event is the complete and utter lack of interest in the poor, the immigrants, and those on the margins -- you know, those people Jesus loved.

Luke Johnson

Cruz Speech Crashed By Hecklers

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got a hero's welcome at the Values Voter Summit in Washington Friday for his push to defund Obamacare, but faced...

Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right's leaders are working to merge their activists' anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that.

Emergent Church Is Latest Target of "Values Voter" Movement, Along With Satan And Islam

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emerge...

Religious Right Attacks Again

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 11.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

We all expected for participants of the Values Voter Summit to be intolerant and to have extreme views on reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights. What we didn't expect was for participants to be encouraged from the conference's main stage to be violent toward protestors.

Comedy Central Classic Targeted By Christian Conservative At Values Voter Summit

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion

Where is the federal investigation into "South Park?" That was the question posed this weekend during the Values Voter Summit's panel on “Religious ...

WATCH: Rick Santorum: 'Smart People' Will Never Be On Our Side

Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

Rick Santorum, the former presidential candidate, had a message for attendees of the Values Voter Summit on Saturday. "We will never have the media...

Elise Foley

Time To Move On From Todd Akin Controversy, Social Conservatives Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It has been a little less than a month since Senate candidate and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was condemned by his party for saying women can...