Progress Iowa Responds to Family Leadership Summit

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“Iowa values were nowhere to be found today”
Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the remarks made at today’s Family Leadership Summit:
“Iowa values were nowhere to be found today at the Family Leadership Summit, hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and a number of extreme right-wing groups. One speaker after another pandered to Vander Plaats, calling for our borders to be closed, our health care to be taken away, and for freedoms to be taken away from anyone whose lifestyle they disagree with.”
“Iowans are tolerant, accepting, and value the rights of every citizen. Unfortunately, those values were not on display by any of the speakers at today’s summit.”

The Family Leadership Summit was held on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. This is the third annual summit and was hosted by the Family Leader, Governor Terry Branstad, as well as the Family Research Council, an organization recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group. Speakers included Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, State Senator Joni Ernst, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Ted Cruz, former Senator Rick Santorum, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

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