Marco Rubio raising money for group that tries to turn gay people straight

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Sen. Marc Rubio, R-Fla.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a possible presidential candidate in 2016, will deliver the keynote address at the annual fundraiser for the Florida Family Policy Council, a prominent social conservative organization that promotes discredited “conversion therapy” to help LGBT individuals become straight, Salon reported.

The Nov. 16 fundraising dinner honors Mat Staver, an ardent anti-gay activist who is suing New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie for signing a law banning gay-to-straight conversion therapy and has said that teaching gay rights in school is tantamount to “sexual assault.”

John Stemberger, the Florida Family Policy Council’s president, also is an anti-gay activist. He is chairman of Trail Life, the “moral alternative” to the Boy Scouts of America, which recently lifted its ban on gay Scouts. Trail Life won’t accept openly gay boys as members, but offers counseling services to youth who suffer from “gender confusion.”

“We’re not going to tolerate somebody who’s, you know, here and queer, loud and proud, all of that nonsense,” Stemberger told social-conservative radio host Janet Mefferd.

Staver also has a history of making incendiary claims about gays. In June, he claimed the passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits employers form discriminating against LGBT employees and applicants, would “result in significant damage and even death of some of the individuals.”

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June, Staver suggested the decision would bring the nation closer to “the realm of rebellion.”

—  Steve Ramos

Charlie Crist Lashes Out Against Less Orange Extremists Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio

Charlie Crist has one more week to find out whether Floridians will let him replace the title "Gov." with "Sen." Running as an independent candidate (find him on Line 9 on your ballot, all the way at the "bottom"), he is now free to (read: forced to) take on establishment Republicans so he can nudge in between the Dems and GOP. How to do so? Assault the Tea Party "extremism" where "Roe v. Wade is overturned and being moderate is a curse." You can do this by not voting for Sarah Palin in Florida, apparently. And be sure to on this video in the space below, because Mr. Crist's campaign has disabled comments on the YouTube page, lest you get any silly ideas.


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