Trump and Rubio's Attendance at Anti-LGBTQ Extremist Event Sends Message of Intolerance

Posted Aug. 17, 2016

MP3 Interview with Brian Tashman, People for the American Way's senior research analyst, conducted by Scott Harris


On Aug. 11, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio attended an event sponsored by the group, American Renewal Project, that featured some of the nation's most extreme anti-gay conservative Christian activists. The event titled, "Rediscovering God in America," took place in Orlando, Florida on the eve of the second month anniversary of the Pulse LGBT nightclub massacre, where a lone gunman shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.

Speakers at this gathering have declared that AIDS is a God-given punishment against homosexuality, compared gay activists to terrorists and warned that marriage equality threatened the utter destruction of our nation. The organizer of the Orlando event, David Lane, was quoted as saying in 2013 that God would punish America over the appearance of a gay poet and a pro-gay rights priest at President Obama's January 2013 inauguration.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with People for the American Way's senior research analyst, Brian Tashman, who discusses the Republican Party's ongoing culture war battle against gay rights – and the disturbing message sent by Trump and Rubio's attendance at the anti-LGBT Orlando event.

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