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Stephen Colbert Highlights the Values Voter Summit and Bobby Jindal's Return to the 'Stupid Party' - VIDEO

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On a recent segment on his show, Stephen Colbert looked back on the "four day orgy of people fundamentally opposed to orgies" known as the Values Voter Summit. The anti-gay extravaganza, which took place in D.C. this past weekend, featured such notable opponents of equality as Michele Bachmann, Tony Perkins, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and many others. 

Colbert also announced during the segment that he would be throwing his support behind Louisiana Governor (and VVS attendee) Bobby Jindal for president - who despite a post-2012 election call for the GOP to "stop being the "stupid party," is now firmly back on the side of right-wing nuttery. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed our exclusive report by People for the American Way about the Republican Party's dubious "rebranding" while still maintaining a cozy relationship with the hate group-backed Values Voter Summit, check that out HERE.

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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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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Blames STDs and AIDS on Homosexual 'Immoral Conduct' - AUDIO

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Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson appeared on the radio show of fellow hate-spewer Tony Perkins this week to discuss, among other topics, why STDs and AIDS are really just God's punishment for immoral sexual conduct - i.e. homosexuality.

Said Robertson:

"God says 'One woman, one man' and everybody says 'Oh that's that old Bible stuff.'...Now to me, either it's the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or it's God saying there's a penalty for that kind of conduct. I'm leaning towards there's a penalty towards it.."

Listen to the full segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Good As You]

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Megyn Kelly Invites on Hate Leader Tony Perkins More Than All Other Fox News Hosts Combined: VIDEO

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A new report by Media Matters finds Fox News personality Megyn Kelly guilty of inviting on anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins more than all other network programs combined.

According to the report, Kelly's shows account for 17 of Perkins' 30 Fox News appearances since the end of the 2012 GOP primary season.

Watch a video spotlighting Kelly's cozy relationship with Perkins, AFTER THE JUMP...

Media Matters adds:

But these numbers don't fully account for Kelly's role in whitewashing the anti-LGBT animus that motivates Perkins' and FRC's work. She's described FRC as "a group whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and culture from a Christian worldview." And Kelly has repeatedly peddled Perkins' own talking points - suggesting that "Christian beliefs and Christian rights" are being trampled as LGBT rights are ascendant, charging gay rights activists with being intolerant, lamenting that it must be "alienating" for Perkins to be criticized for his anti-LGBT views.

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Tony Perkins Outraged That U.S. Military Color Guard Marched at D.C. Pride: LISTEN

T_perkinsFamily Research Council president Tony Perkins has spoken out against the U.S. Military Color Guard's decision to march in the Washington, D.C., Pride Parade, Right Wing Watch reports.

On his radio bulletin today, Perkins argued that the Color Guard's decision discriminates against Christians because soldiers did not take part in the March For Life.

Perkins claimed that the march included "half-naked people and drag queens" and stated that "while the Pentagon may be willing to bend the rules for this cause, you can bet Christian soldiers wouldn't enjoy the same 'exemption' if they wore their uniforms to the March for Life."

Listen and read the full bulletin, AFTER THE JUMP...

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