Waymon Hudson

Marco Rubio Flexes Anti-Gay Muscles & Headlines Florida Family Policy Council Dinner

Filed By Waymon Hudson | May 04, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: AFA, American Family Association, Charlie Crist, Don Wildmon, Florida Family Policy Council, Focus on the Family, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio

Florida Senate Candidate Marco Rubio continues to stake his claim of the right-wing fringe in Florida and around the country.

27966.jpgRubio is set to be the keynote speaker at The Florida Family Policy Council's 5th Annual Public Policy Dinner on May 15th in Orlando, FL. If the Florida Family Policy Council sounds familiar, it is because they are affiliated with Focus on the Family, the rabidly anti-gay, anti-reproductive rights religious organization formerly led by "Family Values" guru James Dobson.

The Florida Family Policy Council is also one of the main groups behind Florida's anti-gay Amendment 2, the "Marriage Protection Amendment", that passed in 2009 and enshrined discrimination into the Florida constitution by not only banning same-sex marriages, but also civil unions and any other relationship recognition for gay Floridians. The group has also constantly opposed efforts to repeal Florida's ban on gay and lesbian people from adopting. Recently, the group succeeded in getting the Florida legislature to pass one of the most restrictive women's choice policies in the nation, requiring that they view an ultrasound before getting an abortion.

This is who Rubio is choosing to speak to during his now three-way race for Senate with newly-minted "independent" Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

Also scheduled at the event is the presentation of a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to honor Don Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association, one of the most active and right-wing religious hate groups in the United States.

AFA built its reputation on organizing boycotts against sponsors of TV shows with "anti-Christian" messages and ideas, or against companies it claims support the "homosexual agenda" or marriage equality. They've targeted everyone from Campbell's Soup to Walmart for being too "gay-friendly." Check out Right Wing Watch's long list of AFA's activities.

The AFA also operates the OneNewsNow website, which peddles conspiracy theories ranging from birthers to death panels and every other fringe, right-wing talking point.

wildmon.gifDon Wildmon, the man the event is honoring which Marco Rubio will be headlining, is a staunch supporter of the universally condemned "ex-gay" movement and had this to say about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people:

  • The scripture declares that homosexuality is unnatural and sinful. It is a sin grievous to God and repulsive to Chrisitians because it rejects God's design for mankind as heterosexual beings.
  • Though there may be many influences in a person's life, the root of homosexuality is a sinful heart. Therefore, homosexuals have only one hope of being reconciled to God and rejecting their sinful behavior - faith in Jesus Christ alone. AFA seeks to use every opportunity to promote and encourage the efforts of ex-gay ministries and organizations.
  • We oppose the gay movement's efforts to convince our society that their behavior is normal because we fear the judgment of God on our nation.
  • The gay movement is a progressive outgrowth of the sexual revolution of the past 40 years and will lead to the normalization of even more deviant behavior.
  • We oppose the effort to convince our culture that becuase individuals participate in homosexual behavior, they have earned the right to be protected like racial and other minority groups.

This is who Marco Rubio honors. These are the people he is "palling around with" as he seeks to move to a powerful Senate seat.

marco-rubio.jpgRubio has always been an extremist. He led the fight for the regressive policies that have placed Florida so behind the times when he was speaker of the Florida House and obviously seeks to continue to court the far-right hate groups that seek to impose their personal biases on the rest of the nation as he seeks a Senate position.

Sharing the marquee with groups like the Florida Family Policy Council and American Family Association and honoring men like Don Wildmon shows just where Rubio's views and "values" lie.

(Hat Tip to David Wylie and GaySoFla for the tip).

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Nathan Dunn | May 4, 2010 2:09 PM

Thank you for the publicity for the Policy Awards Dinner. One factual correction: Marco Rubio is not presenting the award to Don Wildmon and Rubio has nothing to do with the award. It is being presented by the Board of Directors for the FFPC. Thank you.

I've made the correction to the story, although to headline the event means that Rubio obviously has no issue with the award being given to a man like Wildmon.

It's interesting how you take no issue with being labeled a hate group or being virulently anti-gay, but instead correct a simple programming note. It's sad and telling that your organization wears their hate and bigotry like a badge of honor.

Your organization has been at the forefront of stripping away basic human rights from huge swathes of people in Florida and around the country. That is nothing to be proud of.

Well the really great story here is that Rubio is going to be a key player in electing a second Democrat to the senate from Florida. The 2000 election woke up the republicans in Florida (about 4,000,000 registered voters) and election turnout jumped from 70% up to 74% in the 2004 election. The 2004 election woke up the democrats (approx 4,700,000 registered voters) and election turnout jumped above 75% in the 2008 election. There are approx 2,500,000 registered independents and third party voters in Florida. That group can swing any Florida election. If they do wake up in 2010 they will not vote for Rubio but are more likely to go for Crist simple because they do not like either liberal or conservative positions. If Crist had been the Republican nominee he might have stood a chance in November but Rubio doesn't. Congratulations to the far right for an excellent losing candidate.

Great to see that ignorance still thrives for the republicans. Invoking god and the bible to demonize homosexuals is getting old. We got it, gays are apparently evil, sinners, going to hell, yadda yadda....We've heard it all before. Using religion to get the votes of the extremely ignorant and stupid people that actually believe any of that drivel is dying out. Thankfully.

Whenever I read anything like this I just thank god I'm an atheist and enlightened enough to know bullshit when I see it. These organizations are hate groups, plain and simple.

I can't wait for Rubio to be caught sucking off a guy in a public rest room one day. It's always assholes like this who are closeted self-hating homosexuals.

That is one of the reasons im atheist i hated when people use religion as excuse to against homosexuality i can't believe that in todays society is so ignorant and believes in the false information this is just PLAIN racism what else can we call it....maybe Rubio is gay himself but because hes a homophobic hes afraid to come...Rubio here is the thing get your facts straight and right!

Aren't you glad you're moving away from Florida?

Marco Rubio is a closeted homosexual. I know several gay men who have claimed to sleep with him. If he gets elected I can see this being another political scandal and him "apologizing" to his wife on TV. We don't need any distractions, vote democrat, let him get his shit together!

Marco Rubio... hmmm a minority who mistreats other minorities... what an Uncle Tom

mgarren : The Cuban-American has never seen himself as a minority. Those high-achievers see themselves as "Superiorities", believe me. I'm friends with several, and they'd be the first to admit it too.