Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the anti-LGBT Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit on Saturday, making him the first vice president to do so, just as President Donald Trump became the first president to address the conference last year.
> Labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Family Research Council has held an annual summit since its inception in 2006, and Trump has spoken there on four previous occasions, including during his campaign. Pence addressed the summit Saturday, reaching out to the Republican Party's evangelical Christian supporters ahead of the midterm elections in November.
> “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,” Pence told the audience,Life News reported.
> “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,” he added.
Pence has long been known for his conservative Christian views on homosexuality and abortion, and he has faced accusations of supporting so-called “gay conversion therapy” in the past.
The Family Research Council stands firmly against social acceptance of the LGBT community, saying on its website that it “believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects.”