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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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Abortion, budget, tax cuts among new Florida laws

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Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year’s session three months ago, and 162 of them take effect on Friday with the start of the state’s fiscal year, affecting school choice, abortion, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State. Here’s a roundup of some of the measures taking effect: BUDGET: The $82.3 billion budget was passed by a combined vote of 159-1. It includes more than $700 million for school construction and $203.8 million for…

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Christian Ulvert: Pam Bondi’s criticism of Anderson Cooper is “truly unbelievable”

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One of the plaintiffs in the fight to overturn Florida’s gay-marriage ban has penned an open letter to Attorney General Pam Bondi, the same week of her feud with CNN newsman Anderson Cooper. Christian Ulvert, a Miami-based communications consultant, wrote Bondi that he “dismayed by the response you offered to Mr. Cooper regarding your efforts in your relentless fight against the LGBT community.” Bondi and Cooper have been sniping at each other over a live interview they did Tuesday. The…

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious

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Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America. “The Bible says in this life you will have troubles, you will have persecutions. And Jesus takes it a step further: You’ll be hated by all nations for my name’s sake,” he said. “Let me tell you,” the minister said, “that time is here.” EDITOR’S NOTE — This…

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Florida cost for opposing gay marriage? $213,000 and rising

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Florida is going to pay at least $213,000 for its losing battle to keep intact a voter-approved ban on gay marriage. State officials have agreed to pay that much to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida to cover attorney fees and other costs. Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office is also actively negotiating to reach a settlement with another group of attorneys also involved in the case. Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ordered the state to pay…

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Donald Trump holds commanding lead in SC, says new CNN poll

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South Carolina Republicans think Donald Trump has the best chance of winning the general election this November, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. The survey found 53 percent of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters said Trump had the best chance of winning the general election in November. Nineteen percent of respondents said Ted Cruz had the best chance of winning the general election, while 16 percent said Marco Rubio. Trump continues to hold a commanding lead in the…

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For thousands of gay couples in Florida, marriage became legal one year ago

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The Shaks’ first-year wedding anniversary today started they way most do, with flowers and anniversary cards, and the couple is planning to end it tonight with a romantic evening. Until recently, few saw that as possible, at least not this soon — for them or thousands of other couples who got married in Florida last year. Carrie and Malene Shak of Celebration were among the first same-sex couples to be wed in Florida when that became legal one year ago.…

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