- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Elizabeth Smart will be one of a host of speakers at a conservative conference in Salt Lake City this fall that has drawn opposition from LGBT groups.

Officials with the World Congress of Families issued a news release Friday announcing the speech from Smart, who was kidnapped from her Utah bedroom at 14 and held captive for nine months in 2002.

Smart is now an activist who works to bring awareness to predatory crimes against children.

The World Congress of Families conference starts Oct. 27 and is the organization’s first worldwide conference in the U.S.

Other announced speakers include Gov. Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes and top Mormon leader M. Russell Ballard.

Gay rights groups accuse the congress of promoting anti-LGBT rhetoric and legislation.

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