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Marco Rubio will attend anti-LGBTQ conference on anniversary of Orlando’s Pulse massacre

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After celebrating LGBTQ people in speeches for the Republican National Convention and embracing the LGBTQ community after 49 people were shot and killed at the Orlando nightclub Pulse, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is turning his back.

The “Rediscovering God” conference will be held Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 in the very same city still reeling from the mass shooting just two months prior. It’s hosted by the Florida Renewal Project, which is an offshoot of the evangelical American Renewal Project and Liberty Counsel, according to Mic.com.

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The top four speakers, other than Rubio, have spent their professional careers denouncing LGBTQ people and claiming that homosexuality is destroying America. Speaker Mathew Staver once referred to the public memorials for the victims of the shooting disgusted him because they were nothing more than “a homosexual love fest.”

The Miami New Times called Liberty Counsel as a “virulently anti-gay Christian group” and specifically cited David Lane, the head of the American Renewal Project, saying that “God would punish homosexuals praying at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration with ‘car bombs.'”

After the shooting, Rubio told Hugh Hewitt that one of the problems America faces is  “radical speech is not a crime.” According to Rubio, “You can stand all day long and call for all kinds of jihad. It’s only when you actually moved toward plotting and acting on it that you become actionable and arrestable. These guys know that, and they use it against us.”

Rubio may have been talking about “radical Islamic terrorists,” but the same hate speech is being deployed by the anti-LGBTQ activists he’s standing with on the two-month anniversary of the Pulse massacre.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Hyatt is partially owned by Barack Obama’s Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, and last year was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the best places for LGBTQ people to work.

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