National, Local Experts To Preview Bob Vander Plaats’ Family Leadership Summit

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Potential 2016 Presidential candidates Cruz, Perry, Jindal, Huckabee, and Santorum to speak at conference hosted by anti-LGBT hate group

Today at 9:30 AM CT, national and local experts will preview the Family Leadership Summit being held on Saturday in Ames. Potential Presidential candidates will attend and speak at the summit, in an attempt to gain favor with Bob Vander Plaats in advance of the 2016 Iowa caucus. The Summit is hosted by Vander Plaats, the Family Leader, Governor Terry Branstad, anti-LGBT hate group the Family Research Council, as well as other organizations.

The Family Leadership Summit is planned by the Family Leader, an extreme conservative organization, and their President, Bob Vander Plaats. In past years the summit has been a forum for hateful rhetoric by politicians, talk radio hosts, and other extreme conservatives.

WHAT: Preview of Family Leadership Summit by national and local experts
WHEN: Today, Thursday, August 7th, 9:30 AM Central Time
WHERE: Via teleconference
WHO: Matt Sinovic, Progress Iowa
Connie Ryan Terrell, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Phillip Martin, Progress Texas
John Neurohr, Keystone Progress
Brian Devine, ProgressVA


Additional information on the Family Leadership Summit:

Bob Vander Plaats: America’s most powerful bigot? (contains quotes from past summits)

“A local radio host said, “I don’t think the mark of the beast will come in the form of a 666. I think it will be a rainbow.” Attendees were called upon to vote against pro-choice candidates even if they have to vote for “the devil himself.” Another radio host who is now teaming up with Vander Plaats for their own right-wing talk show said “there is a reason the child killers are on the side of the homosexual lobby.”


Family Research Council identified by Southern Poverty Law Center as anti-LGBT Hate Group

“The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.”


Branstad Hosting Summit Alongside Hate Group

“Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will host the Family Leadership Summit on Saturday, alongside the Family Research Council (FRC), an organization recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an anti-LGBT hate group.”


The Family Leadership Summit (includes full list of speakers and hosts)