Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has confirmed Donald Trump's scheduled address to the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC Oct. 13.
The annual conference, now in its 12th year, gives members of the conservative fringe and their elected officials a chance to convene to discuss matters related to right-wing activism.
That the the Southern Poverty Law Center classified the FRC as a hate group was no matter for Perkins, who was at any rate proud to announce that President Trump -- who last year "spoke to the Values Voter Summit as a candidate" -- would be speaking this year "as the 45th President of the United States":
"Values voters are coming to our nation's capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on," he said. "Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment."
The event will have guests such as Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, who at a Ted Cruz engagement once put the onus to conservatives to "rid the earth" of gays. Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court -- who lost his seat after instructing state employees to dismiss marriage equality laws -- will also be there.
Meanwhile, at Stonewall National Monument, a rainbow flag was scheduled to be hoisted earlier this week on the occasion of National Coming Out Day, which was Wednesday.
The National Park Service, however, has withdrawn former plans to mount the flag at the insistence of a vexed Secretary Ryan Zinke who wished to make certain "no rainbow flag would be flying on US government property," reported New York City's Gay City News.
“This is emblematic of what’s happening in the country right now to LGBTQ Americans citizens," said gay activist Ken Kidd, one of the event's organizers. "We’re being told at every turn--including Trump’s first decision to appoint Pence--that actions will be taken to make us second-class citizens again."
The FRC would like to see the Stonewall Monument flattened altogether, having expressed such a desire, which the Trump administration is looking into as well, according to the GCN:
"The new administration is currently reviewing presidential designations made in the recent past under the Antiquities Act, though no statement has been made about the Stonewall National Monument’s status."