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Values Voter Summit Draws Thousands of Cultural and Political Game-Changers

Monday, September 21, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

TUPELO, Miss.—Several leaders from American Family Association (AFA, will be featured speakers at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, where thousands will converge on the nation’s capital to mobilize for change and a better nation, with one of the most important presidential elections on the horizon.

AFA Action (, a division of AFA, is a sponsor at the event celebrating its 10th anniversary, set for Sept. 25-27 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. From AFA, President Tim Wildmon, Senior Vice President Buddy Smith, Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano, and Meeke Addison, Director of Communications for Urban Family Talk, will all have roles at breakout sessions and special events during the three-day Summit.

“American Family Association is honored to play an integral role at the 10th anniversary of the Values Voter Summit,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “The Summit will welcome real game-changers in the world of politics, and the event is such an important gathering for Christian voters, both for those who attend and for those who will benefit from the motivating content that comes from the 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.”

AFA Action will host a ticketed luncheon from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Friday with the theme, “America Cannot Wait.” Wildmon will lead the lunch event and welcome AFA Action guest Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist who politely but firmly declined to provide flowers for a wedding between two homosexual men.

Stutzman’s refusal to betray her Lord and her biblical beliefs didn’t come without consequences. The Washington state attorney general and the ACLU filed lawsuits against the business owner, and a judge ruled that the plaintiffs could collect damages and attorney’s fees, not only from Stutzman’s business, Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts, but from Stutzman personally. If they prevail, the 70-year-old grandmother could lose everything she owns.

Also at the Summit, the Cost of Discipleship Award will be presented to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who spent five nights in jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, citing her closely held religious convictions.

Addison will be featured in an 8:45 a.m. session Saturday, along with presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, radio host Dr. Bill Bennett; Star Parker, Founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education; radio host Mark Levin; and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.

Smith and Vitagliano will lead the breakout session at 4:15 p.m. Saturday titled, “Civilization Decay and Renewal: A Biblical View / What Causes Culture to Begin Breaking Down?”

In attendance at the Summit will be presidential hopefuls Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Graham, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. John Kasich; Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Gov. Scott Walker.

Additional well-known speakers who have been invited to the Summit include: author and talk show host Glenn Beck; brothers David and Jason Benham; Gen. William Boykin; Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center; author, actor and director Kirk Cameron; David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress; television host Sean Hannity; Craig James of the Family Research Council; Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa; television host Rush Limbaugh; Jeff Mateer of the Liberty Institute; Sen. John McCain; Chaplain Wes Modder; columnist Lt. Col. Oliver North; and Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel; among many others.

For more information about the Values Voter Summit, or to register or sponsor a student, visit


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