FINALLY: A 'Values Voters' wrap-up
For highlights from individual speakers, here are those links:
Johnathan and Deborah Flora
Rev. Jim Wallis
(plus here's a brief YouTube of Ron Paul, which we have not yet covered in a post)
**UPDATE: The two candidates who gave the most gay-unfriendly speeches, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, have taken the top two spots in the event's straw poll. In the overall results, Romney garnered 27.62% of the vote and Huckabee 27.15%. When gauging just those who voted onsite, however, you'll see that Huckabee took a whopping 51.26% of the vote, while Romney came in second with only 10.40%
It looks as if the anti-marriage, anti-equality gravy train is still the "values voters'" preferred White House transportation.
**UPDATE, 10/21: We just wanted to post one final brief video, which we feel is a good demonstration regarding just how much these "values voters" fail to see the hurt that their words hold for so many. This is the emcee of the event, Gil Mertz, juxtaposing the vibes of their "pro-family" soiree with the World bank protest that went on this weekend in Georgetown:
Was there any violence at the "Values Voters Summit"? No, not that we're aware of. However, their hetero-only, marriage-banning, "gays are sinners" rhetoric undeniably fosters the sort of queer-antipathetic world view that has been kicking the ass of gay acceptance for decades.
After watching 2+ days of this event, we refuse to sit back and let Mr. Mertz pat himself and his team on the back for their weekend of "civility." Civil rights enmity is a far better assessment.
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