Mark Levin To Take His Anti-Equality Tirades To Values Voters Summit
September 25, 2013 11:47 am ET by Luke Brinker
Radio host Mark Levin will join an array of other right-wing figures at October's Values Voters Summit (VVS), an annual gathering of social conservatives in Washington, D.C., where he will undoubtedly promote his particular brand of anti-gay vitriol.
In a September 24 blog post, anti-LGBT hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) - a VVS sponsor - announced that Levin had accepted his invitation to speak at the conference:
What's better than listening to Mark Levin in the evening? Hearing him live at the Values Voter Summit! In two weeks, FRC Action and its cosponsors are proud to welcome back best-selling author, top-rated radio host, and preeminent constitutional lawyer Mark Levin. A fixture in the movement, Mark has been motivating and mobilizing conservatives for the last decade -- bringing his trademark wit and commentary to bear on the day's biggest topics.
A cheerleader for a government shutdown, the impeachment of President Barack Obama, and the ouster of insufficiently right-wing "cockroaches" like House Speaker John Boehner from the GOP, Levin has cultivated a loyal following as a conservative purist unfazed by political and economic realities. He'll have plenty of social conservative boilerplate to offer VVS attendees, having amassed a lengthy record of vitriolic statements about women and the LGBT community.
After Obama publicly backed marriage equality in May 2012, Levin triumphantly proclaimed that the president had just dealt a fatal blow to his re-election prospects. "The blue collar Democrats are back," Levin declared, predicting that a white working class backlash would defeat the pro-equality president.
In the nearly one year since Levin's electoral prediction failed to pan out, the country has witnessed a number of victories for equality - not least the Supreme Court's June decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Levin did not take kindly to the Court's ruling. Blasting the decision as an example of judicial "tyranny" and a legal "abomination," Levin called the Court's increasingly LGBT-friendly record "a political ruse, a power grab by the liberals on the court ... whether it was same-sex sodomy in the Lawrence decision, a host of other decisions, or this decision."
To Levin, the DOMA decision and the Court's 2012 ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act are clear examples of how the "[c]ountry's goin' to hell." "Reality, people: it's bad," Levin warned, "and it's getting worse."
Levin also used homophobic innuendo in attacking one of his top GOP bugbears, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Lambasting Christie for working with Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Levin mocked the two "same-sex politicians" getting together to "check out the Jersey Shore."
In context, it appears that Levin's anti-LGBT views are a reaction against the larger phenomenon of "radical egalitarianism gone nuts." That's how Levin framed the Pentagon's June announcement that it would begin integrating women into combat roles. On his June 20 radio show, Levin speculated that a woman in combat could endanger "a real man," who would supposedly react differently in high-risk situations.
Levin is well known for his angry tirades bitterly denouncing the GOP squishes and sinister liberal statists who can't see the wisdom of his dogmatic right-wing vision. But at next month's hate group assembly, Levin can rest assured that he'll be among friends.