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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Trump plans to join Rubio at 'anti-LGBT' religious conference in Orlando

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 2:38 PM

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Donald Trump is coming to Kissimmee for a rally on Thursday, but that won't be his only stop. The Republican nominee is set to accompany U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio at a religious conference in Orlando that activists have billed as anti-LGBT.

Bloomberg Politics reports Trump will "face a gauntlet of questions from evangelical Christians about how he’d bring about a more Christian nation." The two politicians will speak to about 700 conservatives pastors and their spouses are set to attend the "Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project" conference in Orlando on Aug. 11th and 12th, two months after a mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse killed 49 people. The conference is not open to the public or reporters.



Rubio and Trump will be joined by Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, whose group is best known for representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis after she refused to marry same-sex couples, and David Lane, who's listed as an extremist anti-LGBT organizer in the evangelical community according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lane told Bloomberg, "Homosexual totalitarianism is out of the closet, the militants are trying herd Christians there."

Rubio, who believes in traditional marriage, defended his appearance at the conference to the Tampa Bay Times, saying the media and liberal activists had labeled it an anti-LGBT event, but it's actually a celebration of faith. Equality Florida and other LGBT groups who have organized a protest in front of the conference say to have that kind of speech while the memory of Pulse is still fresh is "beyond the pale of human decency."

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