The Florida Family Policy Council (Florida’s affiliate of the anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council) will welcome Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to its annual “policy awards dinner.” Despite Bachmann’s refusal to discuss the harmful ex-gay therapy offered by her family business, the appearance is a fresh reminder that the candidate is a fierce opponent of LGBT equality.
The FFPC raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to oppose abortion rights, “the gay agenda,” and Islam. In 2008, they successfully led the charge to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Florida’s state constitution. The group’s president, John Stemberger, used a “protect children” strategy to scare voters into voting for the ban:
Failing to ban gay marriage in the state constitution could result in the indoctrination of schoolchildren into a gay lifestyle. Florida schools might have to teach that gay weddings are the same as traditional unions if the proposal fails at the polls.
In 2010, when a judge overturned Florida’s ban on same-sex adoption, FFPC ran a story attempting to discredit the couple who won the case by misrepresenting them with an absurd photo. The actual couple is on the right; FFPC ran the photo on the left:
By associating with the Florida Family Policy Council, Bachmann adds to her long list of anti-gay affiliations, including Exodus International, You Can Run But You Cannnot Hide Ministry, FRC, and AFA.