A group spokesman said Pence was the first president or vice president to address a Focus on the Family gathering. In March, aWashington Post profile of his wife, Karen Pence, sparked fervent debate about gender roles by revealing 2002 statements the vice president made to The Hill claiming he never remains in a room alone with a woman or attends events where alcohol is served unless his wife is present.
To that end, Pence outlined steps the Trump administration has already taken to restrict abortion access, including the elimination of funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes family planning around the world.
Pence also noted Trump's signing of an executive order going after the Johnson Amendment, which prevents nonprofits, including churches, from politicking for any particular candidate or party.
Vice President Pence is well-known for endorsing these beliefs and incorporating them into his personal life. Pence mentioned supporting the work of Christ's pregnancy centers across IN by donating ultrasounds, which he said "will save innocent lives".
The vice president explained that Trump stands up without apology for religious freedom and stands with those persecuted for their faith. Pence has a long anti-LGBT record, both as a congressman and as governor of IN, where he signed into law a "religious freedom" bill that could have been used as a legal excuse for discrimination.More news: FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal, Mexico through to semi-final
"(Focus on the Family) has presented love and compassion to everyone of every background and experience, and has strengthened marriages", Pence said.
"Mike Pence has spent his career attacking and undermining LGBTQ people and our families, and now, as Vice President he's continuing the crusade", said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs.
According to The Gazette, protesters greeted Pence in clothing similar to that of the Hulu television show, "The Handmaid's Tale", which depicts a society that treats women as property, to speak out on sexism in modern society. "The aged, the infirmed, the disabled, and the unborn".
Watch Pence's full speech below.