Marco Rubio, a Florida senator, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 16.
The FFPC is an anti-gay coalition devoted to the prevention of marriage equality, promoting reparative or “ex-gay” therapy, and other “pro-family” endeavors that pit it against LGBT Americans.
FFPC is led by John Stemberger, the staunchly anti-gay activist responsible for the launch of On My Honor—a group of parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting donors, Eagle Scouts and others who are “united” to banning “open homosexuality” from the Boy Scouts.
This will be the FFPC’s eighth annual fundraiser, and will honor Mathew Staver, a former Seventh Day Adventist pastor and founder of Liberty Counsel, which filed a lawsuit against New Jersey’s new law banning “ex-gay” therapy, but a federal district court rejected the suit. As of a ruling on November 8, licensed therapists are no longer legally allowed to practice the widely discredited form of therapy.
Rubio is known for his support of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and his fervid opposition to laws permitting abortion. He works hard to maintain an image of a family man with strong Christian values, in the hopes that his “traditional” portrayal of the American Dream might assist his reputation with conservative voters; it is speculated that the Florida senator will become the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race.
The director of African American Media for the Democratic National Committee, Kiara Pesante, told the Orlando Sentinel, “[Rubio’s keynote speech] is another sad example of Marco Rubio toeing the extremist line to shore up his 2016 tea party credentials at the expense of what’s best for LGBT Americans.”