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American Family Association's Sandy Rios Says Amtrak Engineer's Homosexuality Was 'A Factor' In Crash: AUDIO

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If you've been keeping up with the news on Tuesday's deadly Amtrak crash, you may have noticed some outlets identifying the engineer driving the train, 32-year-old Queens resident Brandon Bostian, as a gay rights activist who previously lived in San Francisco.  

Bostian, who was reportedly active in the fight against Proposition 8 back in 2008, gave an interview with The Midtown Gazette in 2012 saying in part:

"It’s kind of insulting to have to beg people for my right to marry...I feel like we shouldn't even have to have this fight."

Bostian's advocacy/orientation seems a side note in this developing story at best, but insane right-wing outlet and anti-LGBT haters like AFA governmental affairs director Sandy Rios have already begun drumming this up as something much bigger.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Rios“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

Listen to Rios's bulls--t in full, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Bostian, who sustained injuries to his head and legs in the crash, says he has no recollection of the crash itself and "no explanation" for what happened.

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Sandy Rios: Hillary Clinton Offers Clue to Her Lesbianism in Campaign Video, Excludes White Straight Christians

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Sandy Rios, the governmental affairs director of hate group American Family Association, has suggested that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian, reports Right Wing Watch.

Andy Rios_SMRios (right) said that “rumors swirl” regarding Clinton’s sexuality and argued that the appearance of a lesbian couple in the Presidential candidate’s campaign launch video offered a clue in that direction.

“When it comes to lesbian couples being featured on her video, please keep in mind that Hillary Clinton was one of the first public officials to push this whole notion of embracing homosexuality.

"I would never forget my own personal shock in the late ‘90s when there was a women’s conference in Beijing and Hillary Clinton was in charge and they brought in women from all over the world at this UN conference, and the emphasis for the American delegation under Hillary’s tutelage was on lesbianism. There was a tent on lesbian lovemaking, there was an insistence that there were not just two genders at the time, they said there were five genders.”

Rios also complained that the campaign video “features everybody except, you know, Anglo-American husband-and-wife with family in church.”

Listen to Sandy’s misogynistic rumor-mongering, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Virulently Anti-gay, GOP-packed Values Voter Summit Has Begun: WATCH

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Family Research Council's annual Values Voter Summit kicks off in Washington D.C. today and, as always, features a who's who of anti-gay activists, politicians, and media personalities devoting their time and effort towards denying LGBT individuals equal rights.

Confirmed speakers for the 3-day extravaganza include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Gary Bauer, Glenn Beck, Jason & David Benahm, Gen. William Boykin, Rep. Jim Bridenstien (R-OK), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R-TX), TLC's Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar, Erick Erickson, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Mike Huckabee, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Tony Perkins, Sandy Rios, Rick Santorum, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Todd Starnes, Mat Staver, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), and many more. 

SummitThe hate summit is being live-streamed online. You can catch the video feed, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed our exclusive report by People for the American Way's Drew Courtney about the Republican Party's cozy relationship with the hate group-backed summit, check that out HERE. The report details  how the GOP, despite signaling it would "rebrand" after the 2012 election, continues to align itself with extremist fringe groups that "actively seek to put LGBT people back in the closet, quash access to legal abortion, and restrict the free exercise rights of non-Christian religious minorities."

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Some Things Never Change: The Values Voter Summit and the Dubious 'Rebranding' of the GOP

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BY DREW COURTNEY

Following the failure of the GOP to recapture the White House in the last presidential election, rebranding was a word that got knocked around a lot within party circles and in the media. In order to shore up the hemorrhaging support of women, ethnic and racial minorities, and young voters, it was agreed that the GOP platform would have to embrace less alienating positions on a variety of policy issues.

Now on the eve of midterm elections almost two years later, it’s become clear that Republican officials aren’t sticking to the plan. This weekend, conservative lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Gov. Bobby Jindal are slated to participate in what has become a rite of passage for presidential hopefuls of the GOP: courting the support of the Religious Right at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) annual Values Voter Summit.

VvsLurching in the opposite direction from the rest of the country, Republican officials are aligning themselves with extremist fringe groups that actively seek to put LGBT people back in the closet, quash access to legal abortion, and restrict the free exercise rights of non-Christian religious minorities. The FRC — as well as other primary sponsors of the event including the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel and American Values — has been instrumental in encouraging the GOP’s continued rightward march and carries a great deal of influence over evangelical Tea Party voters who form the core of the far right, a group that presidential contenders in the party increasingly feel the need to cater to.

A look at a few of the speakers scheduled to share the stage with leading Republican figures shows how grievously out of step the party is with the values of the American people AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sandy Rios Calls IL Senator Mark Kirk A 'Closet Homosexual' Out To Ruin The GOP: AUDIO

6a00d8341c730253ef019104d5a94e970c-250wiIn the wake of Republican incumbent Thad Cochran defeating his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in the primary race for one of Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seats, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association took to her talk show to mourn McDaniel’s loss and in so doing found a way to bring up an old allegation that Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is gay. The discussing of Kirk came up after Rios blamed McDaniel’s loss on Arizona Senator John McCain, as Right Wing Watch points out:

According to Rios, McCain embarked on a campaign — “and I know about this for personal reasons” — to “purge the Republican Party of conservative candidates” and “turn the Republican Party blue” following the 2008 election.

“He decided that Mark Kirk was his first pick [for ,” Rios said.“Many of us in Illinois at the time, conservatives, knew that this was going to be a disaster.”

After reviewing several controversies that emerged during Kirk’s U.S. Senate campaign that she said showed he “was not an honest person,” Rios said that “we also knew that he was a closet homosexual.”

KirkPreviously, when Kirk was running for U.S. Senate Rios penned an article titled, “Do We Have a Right to Know If Candidates Are Gay?,” Rios put to Kirk a series of questions about his sexual orientation: 

1) Are you gay?

2) Have you been living with another homosexual Congressman?

3) Were you sued by another male staffer in John Porter’s office for sexual harassment?

Congressman Mark Kirk, please answer these questions. Republican leadership, if you are covering up things the public should know, stop or you will lose even more credibility with your base. And press? Do your job. Your duty is not to defend a lifestyle; it is to report the truth. 

Kirk has also been ‘outed’ on the left by blogger Mike Rogers who features prominently in the documentary, Outrage.  Though Kirk previously voted against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and opposed an overhaul of DOMA, last year he came out in favor of marriage equality and ENDA.

Kirk was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000 and to the U.S. Senate in 2010. He suffered a stroke in 2012. 

Listen to Rios' remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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AFA's Sandy Rios Calls Matthew Shepard's Murder a 'Complete Fraud': VIDEO

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American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios took the podium at the Values Voters Summit over the weekend to toot about how Christian conservatives are being threatened in America, citing a letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center and other civil rights groups urging Republicans to stay away from the Summit, Right Wing Watch reports.

She also took the opportunity, on the anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder to tell those assembled that it was a "complete fraud", citing claims in a recent book by wingnut Stephen Jimenez that Shepard's death was the result of "a drug deal gone bad".

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Matthew Shepard Foundation has blasted the Jimenez book, saying "Attempts now to rewrite the story of this hate crime appear to be based on untrustworthy sources, factual errors, rumors and innuendo rather than the actual evidence gathered by law enforcement and presented in a court of law."

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