Trump to address Family Research Council summit
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE will address a conference hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC) next month, the organization announced Thursday.


The FRC, a conservative Christian group and staunch opponent of gay marriage, said that it will be the first time a Republican presidential nominee has addressed the annual Values Voter Summit.

"As the 2016 presidential election approaches, there is a growing understanding among voters that the future of our freedoms and our identity as Americans hang in the balance,” said FRC head Tony Perkins in a statement.

“We are therefore very encouraged that Donald Trump has accepted our invitation to address the Values Voter Summit and make his case directly to conservative activists from across the country.”

Perkins added that Trump’s willingness to address the summit “demonstrates his understanding of the importance of values voters in the general election and his desire to work with them in addressing the critical issues facing our nation."

Also scheduled to speak at the conference are GOP heavyweights like Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator says Iran needs to 'stop acting like an outlaw' Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Memorial Day is our most sacred holiday' The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE (Ark.), Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottT.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill Senate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Spicer defends Trump's White House correspondents dinner boycott MORE (S.C.) and James Lankford (Okla.), as well as Govs. Doug Ducey (Ariz.) and Matt Bevin (Ky.).