John Stemberger, Florida’s leading anti-gay activist who also serves as president of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), endorsed Rick Perry for president today, dismissing Michele Bachmann as unelectable and Mitt Romney as untrustworthy:
“This is a two man race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. And there’s a growing consensus among evangelical leaders and, to some degree, among those in the tea party and pro-life Catholics that Rick Perry is the most trustworthy candidate on our issues,” Stemberger said.
“There are too many trust issues with Mitt Romney,” he continued. “The issue not that he is a Mormon. The issue is that he wasn’t Mormon enough. If he had been consistent with traditional Mormon values his whole career, that would make me feel a lot more comfortable about where he’s coming from. Perry is a lot more solid on our issues.”
The FFPC is Florida’s affiliate of the anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council. The group raises hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to oppose abortion rights, “the gay agenda,” and Islam. In 2008, it successfully led the charge to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Florida’s state constitution, relying on 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,” Stemberger warned. “Florida schools might have to teach that gay weddings are the same as traditional unions if the proposal fails at the polls.”