U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) described the platform that delegates to the Republican National Convention approved earlier this week as “one of the most conservative in the party’s history.”
The North Carolina Republican who represents the state’s 5th Congressional District said the platform “recognizes” that “traditional marriage is the anchor for family and society.”
“Its daily lessons of love, patience, mutual respect, responsibility, self-reliance are fundamental to moving forward and the progress of our economy,” said Foxx. “It’s families, relying upon God and each other, that is the foundation of our country and of our civil society.”
Foxx did not discuss the platform’s support of so-called conversion therapy or the First Amendment Defense Act, a religious freedom bill that critics say would allow anti-LGBT discrimination. She also made no mention of the provision against the use of federal law to ensure that transgender people can use restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
“This administration will do everything possible to get rid of civil society,” said Foxx.
Miss. governor defends religious freedom law
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) David and Jason Benham were among those who also spoke at the luncheon that the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group, co-hosted with the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that opposes abortion rights.
“It’s time that we stop being silent about core principles,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins before he introduced the Benham brothers.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry made broad statements about diversity as he criticized the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The former presidential candidate also spoke in support of Donald Trump, who formally became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday.
“We’re a diverse country,” said Perry. “We’re a diverse population. We have diverse ideas and philosophies.”
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant defended his state’s religious freedom law that critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination in his state.
The anti-LGBT Republican referenced the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs. Bryant also noted the U.S. has also given “religious accommodations to the terrorists” who remain in custody at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
The law — known as House Bill 1523 — was to have taken effect on July 1, but U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a last-minute injunction against it. Bryant appealed the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who is a Democrat, announced that he would not.
“We’re going to prevail,” said Bryant.
The Washington Blade earlier this year reported that Bryant’s son was once attacked because he is gay.
Bryant did not mention him or the alleged incident during his remarks at the luncheon.