Rios questions 'gay marriage' supporters at conservative summit

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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(Updated 6/3/2015) - A conservative activist and radio talk show host calls it troubling that advocates of "gay marriage" will speak at an event featuring conservative GOP presidential hopefuls.

Several GOP candidates will take part in the Western Conservative Summit 2015 scheduled for June 26-28 in Denver. Speaking at the Summit will be author Guy Benson – the political editor at, who recently revealed he is homosexual – and co-author Mary Katharine Ham, who reveal in a new book their support of gay marriage and homosexual rights.

Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, calls it a mistake when social conservatives, especially Christians, embrace someone who supports gay marriage.

Sandy Rios"I think it's a serious problem," says Rios, "especially as we hurdle toward a Supreme Court decision where very likely the Supreme Court will decide against Christians and social conservatives, and very likely the persecution that will result from that decision will be exponential."

A decision by the high court, which will likely affect the legal definition of marriage in all 50 states, is expected in late June.

White House hopefuls scheduled to attend include Ben Carson, Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

The schedule of events shows Benson and Ham are scheduled to appear at a Saturday luncheon to discuss the topic, "Why the Left wants to end discussion."

American Family Association is the parent organization of American Family News, which includes OneNewsNow. Guy Benson was Sandy Rios' producer for her radio progam on WYLL in Chicago from 2008-2010.

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