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09/20/2011

Team Perry taps one of FL's most anti-LGBT voices; Bush archives called, want 'How a GOP TX gov. can win FL' script back

by Jeremy Hooper

Back when he was trying to get a marriage ban into the state constitution, Florida Family Policy Council head John Stemberger painted same-sex marriages as somehow akin to suicide:

"And so, we have laws against suicide. Well why is that? Well because I’m connected to, a woman in a marriage, I’m connected to a family with children, I’m connected to a business, a community, an economic system. If I blow my brains out, somebody’s got to come and pay for that and clean it up. There’s a cost -- to things -- and we don’t just live in an isolated situation."
John Stemberger: “If I blow my brains out” [G for J]

Now there's this:

Rick Perry's campaign has announced the co-chairs of his "leadership team" for the Presidency5 straw poll to be held in Florida later this week. Among the co-chairs are John Stemberger, president of the Focus on the Family affiliate Florida Family Policy Council and Pam Olsen, the "prayer lady" and founder of the Florida Prayer Network. Stemberger recently endorsed Perry.
Perry Taps Anti-Gay Crusader and "Prayer Lady" for Florida Team [Religious Dispatches]

Because unfortunately, in GOP politics, catering to the far-right anti-gay fringe is not akin to political suicide. Anything but, in fact.

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