Florida Senator is to address Kim Davis rally

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ROCK HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 15: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to voters during a campaign event February 15, 2016 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rubio continued to campaign in the Palmetto State for the upcoming GOP primary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is set to speak at an event set up by Kim Davis’ law firm, on the two-month anniversary of the worst anti-LGBT attack in the state’s history. Rubio appears to be back to his old ways, and has been confirmed as a headline speaker at an August 12 event co-organised by the Liberty Counsel – the anti-LGBT law firm who represented Kim Davis.

He will speak alongside Davis’ lawyer Mat Staver, an avowed opponent of equality, at the ‘Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project’. An investigation recently found that Staver, who rose to fame with the hard right alongside Davis, has secretly been helping Republican lawmakers draft a wave of anti-LGBT legislation in at least 20 states, leading to a wave of anti-LGBT ‘conscience’ bills and ‘bathroom bills’.

He said: “We’ve opened the door for every rapist and paedophile. Frankly, when you look at some of the people behind the North Carolina [LGBT anti-discrimination] law and some of these other laws, who are they?
“They have been identified, some of them that have been advocating this, as paedophiles. Some of this is being financed by those who are actively promoting paedophilia.”Jay Brown of the Human Rights Campaign said: “To be using the tragedy in Orlando as a time to reflect on his Senate career, when his career and his promises on the campaign trail have been anti-LGBTQ consistently, it’s just staggering to think he would be using this moment for his own personal ambitions.”

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