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When law enforcement officer Crystal Griner and patrolman David Bailey were injured taking down the deranged domestic terrorist who opened fire during a congressional softball game in Virginia, back in June, they were just doing their job. They were protecting the public from harm. How many people’s lives they were able to save we cannot know; but one person, for sure, owes an enormous debt of gratitude to those officers—Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise. Crystal Griner happens to be a lesbian, in a same sex marriage. She took a bullet in her ankle doing her job. She did it even though Rep. Scalise happens to be a homophobic shithead who has attacked same sex marriage since 2008. One might think, faced with the harsh reality of possible death, someone like Rep. Scalise might see how myopic his previously held beliefs surrounding the LGBT community were. You would be wrong.

There were times when we wondered if House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) would ever speak at VVS again. But next week, the miraculous recovery of my good friend will literally take center stage, as Steve makes a return trip to the biggest gathering of pro-family conservatives in the country after a shooting that rocked the country. For so many Americans, seeing him back at work, defending our values, has been an answer to prayer — and we look forward to celebrating his incredible journey back to health next Friday, October 13. Don’t miss the Majority Whip and several other confirmed speakers, including Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Michele Bachmann, Frank Wolf, the Blaze’s Dana Loesch, Dr. Bill Bennett, Todd Starnes, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oliver North, “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, Brigitte Gabriel, actors Kevin and Sam Sorbo, Dr. Carol Swain, David Daleiden, Lila Rose, and more. Don’t miss a weekend in D.C. with thousands of fellow conservatives. For just $119 ($50 for students), you’ll hear from the who’s who of the conservative movement, as well as enjoy a special movie screening from the Sorbos, celebrity book signings, media row, radio row, targeted trainings, student activities, and access to the full exhibit hall.

This was an event held on Tuesday for the VVS. VVS is the Value Voters Summit if you don’t know. It’s a yearly convention hosted by the Family Research Council. Like all things conservative that have the word “family” in the title, the FRC is only into a certain kind of “family research” that does not include anyone not white and heterosexual and Christian.

“We oppose the vigorous efforts of homosexual activists to demand that homosexuality be accepted as equivalent to heterosexuality in law, in the media, and in schools,” states the Family Research Council website. “Attempts to join two men or two women in ‘marriage’ constitute a radical redefinition and falsification of the institution, and FRC supports state and federal constitutional amendments to prevent such redefinition by courts or legislatures.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has the FRC classed as an anti-LGBT hate group. As the advertisement says, “for just $119 ($50 for students),” Steve Scalise will sell his soul. Luckily for Rep. Steve Scalise, Crystal Griner has more moral integrity in her bullet-wounded ankle than he has in his whole political party. 

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