- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Religious liberty, traditional marriage and presidential politics are among the major topics to be addressed at the annual Values Voter Summit, which begins Friday.

This year’s event is a particularly important gathering for Christian voters, said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association, whose political-action arm is a sponsor of the Sept. 25-27 summit.

“Next year’s presidential election, especially, will be crucial for the entire country, as we seek to bring the nation back to the biblical values upon which it was founded,” Mr. Wildmon said.

​Donald Trump is one of the confirmed Republican presidential candidates​ to address the ​thousands of social conservatives; Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum ​​are also speaking.

Summit participants will pick their favorite candidates in a straw poll.

First held in 2006, the Values Voter Summit is intended to ensure that voters have a forum for the “the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong​.”​

FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council has been a primary sponsor of the summit since its inception.

Dozens of conservative scholars, talk-show hosts and advocacy leaders will address the thousands of attendees, while breakout sessions will focus on subjects such as a “post-Planned Parenthood” landscape, research on same-sex couples’ parenting, and preparing churches for “the coming legal attack.”

​A main speaker is Washington floral shop owner Barronelle Stutzman, who is fighting a religious liberty case over her refusal to make a wedding arrangement for a longtime gay male customer.

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed over her religious objections to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is scheduled to receive a Cost of Discipleship Award.

On Saturday, Brent Bozell, founder of Media Research Center, will be honored with the “Vision and Leadership Award.”

The Washington Times is the official newspaper of the event.

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