Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant, a Republican, has warned that the company hired to help implement educational standards largely based on the Common Core State Standards is promoting an agenda to turn kids gay.

Speaking at the Operation Education Conference, an anti-Common Core event which took place in Orlando in March, Zant warned that the company hired to produced Florida's next statewide exam, American Institutes for Research (AIR), has a hidden agenda.

“Please go on their website, click the link to what they're doing with youth, and you will see what their agenda really is,” Zant told the crowd.

“They are promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda. And even name it 2-S, which they define as having two spirits,” a reference to AIR's LGBTQI2-S Learning Community Project, which is described on AIR's website as “an opportunity for individuals and organizations in the behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education systems to learn about strategies for delivering services that can enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) youth and their families.”

“The Bible says a lot about being double-minded,” Zant continued. “These people, that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I'm sorry to report that to you.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida Institute, called Zant's comments “absurd.”

“Representative Van Zant has a long record of extremism, so while his latest rant is shocking, it is not at all surprising,” Smith said in a statement. “It is reprehensible whenever an elected official conjures up homophobic scare tactics for political gain. His assertion that an educational program seeks to 'make children gay' is simply absurd. I hope others in Florida government will swiftly distance themselves from such a paranoid and unhinged view.”