Several gay rights protesters stormed the Washington, D.C. hotel hosting the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit on Saturday, shouting, “Your values are killing us!”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had just concluded his speech in the ballroom when roughly six protesters unraveled a large rainbow-colored American flag outside in the lobby and began chanting. Almost immediately several security guards grabbed the protesters to drag them outside. One protester in particular resisted, causing him and some of the security guards to fall to the floor.
TheBlaze spoke with one of the activists afterward who identified himself as Charles Butler with the gay rights organization Get Equal.
“The first guy put me in a headlock and I was losing consciousness. That’s why I fell the first time,” Butler said.
Asked whether he felt Get Equal had accomplished anything, Butler said, “I think it’s too early to tell. … We‘re trying to call into question the organizers of this summit’s values and how they affect LGBT people,” he said. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
“A lot of people don’t know about all of the stuff [Family Research Council President] Tony Perkins says about us. Calling us pedophiles,” Butler said, referring to a 2010 interview in which Perkins called pedophilia a “homosexual problem.”
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Saturday won the backing of 150 social conservative and evangelical Christian leaders.
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council and a spokesman for the group, said a “strong consensus” emerged for Santorum after three rounds of balloting, The Hill reported.
“I think it was vigorous discussion of who they felt best represented the conservative movement and who they think had the best chance of succeeding,” Perkins said.
He said the former Pennsylvania senator got more than two-thirds support in the final ballot, in which he faced off against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also received a significant amount of support from the group, Perkins said.
According to ABC News, the leaders met Friday at a Texas ranch and heard from surrogates from every candidate’s campaign except former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
Perkins said that he expected there would be “some activity” within 24 hours of the endorsement, ABC reported. He was vague, suggesting only that some groups and leaders would likely make their official support known.
As ABC observed, the meeting “reflected conservatives’ desire to stop Mitt Romney’s momentum before the Jan. 21 primary in South Carolina, where evangelical voters are expected to play a significant role.”
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The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill which included a provision that not only repealed the military ban on sodomy, but also repealed the ban on having sex with animals — or bestiality.
CNS News reported:
On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.
It states: “(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
The vote to remove sodomy from military law comes less than a year after President Barack Obama’s repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gay soldiers.
Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, said there’s a definite link between the repeal of DADT and the repeal of the sodomy law.
“It’s all about using the military to advance this administration’s radical social agenda,” Perkins told CNS News. “Not only did they overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but they had another problem, and that is, under military law sodomy is illegal, just as adultery is illegal, so they had to remove that prohibition against sodomy.”
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