Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch:
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida participated in an “urgent pastor briefing” last Thursday that was hosted by the Florida Family Policy Council, a religious right organization headed by anti-LGBTQ activist John Stemberger.
Rubio, who has long supported Stemberger and his organization, revealed during the call plans to use the coronavirus stimulus package that the Senate is drafting to provide grants to churches and other non-profit organizations in order to help them meet payroll and pay bills during the current economic crisis.
When Stemberger asked if there were any plans to provide assistance to churches during this crisis, Rubio stated that he had been tasked with drafting a package that would do precisely that. “The package that I’ve been tasked with establishing,” Rubio said, “is open to nonprofits—basically churches and other nonprofit groups.”
The Florida Family Policy Council is perhaps best known here for its tradition of flying anti-LGBT banners over Disney World during Gay Days. Stemberger, you may recall, once declared that he would die to prevent same-sex marriage from becoming legal. And yet, he lives.