Florida Senator Marco Rubio will next
month speak at an event alongside numerous anti-LGBT activists.
After dropping out of the GOP
nomination race, Rubio cited the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in
Orlando in reversing course on whether he would seek a second term in
the Senate. Rubio said that the attack had raised questions about
the “service to your country and where you can be most useful to
this month, LGBT rights activists protested outside Rubio's
office as he held a press conference to discuss the economic impact
of the shooting. When confronted by one of the protesters, Rubio
reiterated his opposition to marriage rights for gay and lesbian
month's two-day event, to be held in Orlando, is sponsored by The
Florida Renewal Project and is part of the conservative group's
“Rediscovering God” campaign.
In addition to Rubio, speakers at the
conference include Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, David Lane of the
American Renewal Project, self-described historian David Barton,
Pastor Ken Graves and Religious Right activist Bill Federer, all of
whom strongly oppose LGBT rights.
Staver and his group are best known for
representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her legal attempt to block
her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the
Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that ushered in nationwide marriage