US: Anti-gay conference picks Ted Cruz as top choice for President
Texas senator Ted Cruz has been picked as the most popular potential Presidential candidate at the anti-gay Values Voter Summit.
The Republican received 25% of the votes cast by attendees at the event, which is run by the Family Research Council – whose president Tony Perkins regularly compares gay rights to the holocaust.
Cruz attempted to introduce a bill to ban recognition of same-sex marriage earlier this year, despite the striking down of the Defence of Marriage Act.
Dr Ben Carson, who has compared gays to paedophiles and recently claimed same-sex marriage was a ‘Marxist plot’ came second in the poll with 20%, followed by Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on 12% and Rick Santorum with 10%
Democrat Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, garnered just one vote out of the 1,900 cast.
The Family Research Council was condemned by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League in June for Perkins’ comparison between gay rights and the Holocaust, but he repeated his claim in August.
Anti-gay activist Mat Staver – who recently compared same-sex marriage to beheading carried out by ISIS – also lead a panel at the event, titled ‘The Assault On Constitutional Rights In A Nanny State’.