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Marco Rubio uses forum at Christian conference to call for love of gay community

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who’s faced a torrent of criticism this week for agreeing to speak at a conservative Christian conference that included others with harsh gay-bashing rhetoric, used his pulpit there Friday to urge love for the gay community. “I want to be clear with you, abandoning judgment and loving our LGBT neighbors is not a betrayal of what the Bible teaches; it is a fulfillment of it,” Rubio declared Friday before a reported 500 Florida Christian pastors attending the American…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.7.16 – Tea Party Patriots heart Marco Rubio

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f you remember when we first heard about the Tea Party in early 2009, its supporters talked about having a pox on both houses – that is, they felt that Republicans and Democrats were part of the same dirty cesspool that is Washington D.C. A lot of things have changed since then, but I became a bit cynical in early 2010. That’s when the late C.W. Bill Young received a Tea Party challenger by the name of Eric Forcade in…

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From Key West to Pensacola, Florida’s LGBT attitudes differ

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Florida’s Key West is one of the most gay-friendly places in the country. The Florida Panhandle – many locals call it the Redneck Riviera – is a different story. The massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub happened between these extremes, forcing many Floridians to reconsider their assumptions about the state’s evolving culture. Key West has a gay police chief, a lesbian county mayor and was the nation’s first city to elect an openly gay mayor. It attracts 450,000…

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As support mounts for Orlando victims, undercurrent of hate surfaces on social media

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With the outpouring of support in Orlando, Florida, the nation and the world over the massacre of 49 innocent victims inside a nightclub over the weekend, an undercurrent of hatred and ignorance bubbled to the surface across the social media spectrum. The vitriol stretched the First Amendment right of everyone in this country to freedom of speech and expression which at times has had to bite its lip over unpopular speech to preserve that right. To be sure, most of…

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Equality Florida raises $1.6M on GoFundMe page for Orlando shooting victims

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Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, has raised more than $1.6 million over a single day in a GoFundMe account set up Sunday for the survivors and families of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando over the weekend. Forty-nine club patrons and the gunman were killed and 53 wounded in the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. Pulse, a gay club, was packed early Sunday morning when the…

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Equality Florida ‘heartbroken and angry’ about shooting at Orlando LGBT club

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Equality Florida said it is making no “heartbroken and angry” about a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. In a statement Sunday morning, Equality Florida said it was “reeling from the tragic news” that a gunman opened fire at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club in Orlando. According to the Associated Press, a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and handgun took hostages and opened fire inside the crowded nightclub, killing approximately 20 people and wounding 42 before dying in…

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Florida’s Pastor Protection Act doesn’t go as far as Georgia’s — and that’s a good thing for NFL fans

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After the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, more than 20 state legislatures reacted by passing religious freedom laws to protect clergy. This month, Florida became the latest state to do so after Gov. Rick Scott signed the Pastor Protection Act. The new law shields religious entities and individuals from any lawsuit if they refuse to administer same-sex weddings. Meanwhile in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal says he’ll decide by next month whether…

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