Donald Trump will join a who's who of the religious right Friday at the Values Voter Summit, as he becomes the first sitting president to address the event, sponsored by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council.
At last year's event, Trump eulogized Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, both of whom were vocal opponents of LGBT rights and promised attendees that as president he would repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 change in the USA tax code introduced by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, mostly churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for elected office.
Trump is scheduled to speak on Friday morning at the opening ceremonies which kick off the three-day convening being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C.
FRC Action's 12 Annual Values Voter Summit is co-sponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Christian Healthcare Ministries, Association of Mature American Citizens, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, The Heritage Foundation, United in Purpose, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Family Research Council. "Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the eight years of relentless assault on the First Amendment". "Values voters are coming to our nation's capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on", FRC president Tony Perkins said in a press release this week.
This news comes on the heels of Trump's recent "Religious Freedom" guidance which will allow for a multitude of discriminations based on someone's sexual preference or gender identity.
Other people who are scheduled to attend are, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, and former National Security Advisor Sebastian Gorka, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Vicky Hartzler, Roy Moore of Alabama and reality stars Phil Robertson and his son Alan Robertson (Duck Dynasty).
Actor Kevin Sorbo, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, radio host Bill Bennett, author Laura Ingraham, and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann are also scheduled to speak. The event has drawn more than 3,000 attendees from around the nation and foreign countries.