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GOP talks religion at values summit

Oct. 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Gay marriage, abortion and religion were on the agenda as Republican presidential candidates took the stage Friday at the Value Voters Summit in Washington.

The Family Research Council said all the major presidential candidates, with the exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, will be at the weekend summit.

"These issues are front and center. The social issues are intertwined with the fiscal issues," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told The Hill Thursday. "People understand the reason we have big, expensive government is because we have neglected and in many ways discouraged family formation, and that core economic foundation, which is the family."

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Godfather's Pizza Chief Executive Officer Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele Bachmann will address the summit Friday. Rep. Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will speak Saturday.

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