Julio Robaina Picks Up Endorsement for Anti-Gay Marriage, Anti-Choice, and Anti-Art Views

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Social issues have not been a driving force in local Miami-Dade politics for some time, with most voters more concerned with pressing issues like property taxes and budget problems. Today, however, the Christian Family Coalition of South Florida injected a big dose of social conservatism into the race by endorsing former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina for his anti-gay, pro-life and anti-arts views.

Robaina agrees with much of the CFC's extremely conservative agenda:

  • Robaina signed a pledge stating that he will not support gay marriage, nor will he support even civil unions or domestic partnerships.
  • Robaina will not support laws protecting the GLBT community from discrimination even in matters of finding a job or place to live.
  • Robaina does not believe in a woman's right to chose, and as Hialeah mayor once issued a "'Sanctity of Human Life Day' proclamation, in remembrance of the women and children who have died in the tragedy of abortion."
  • Robaina has promised to defund the Cultural Arts Council.
  • Robaina, however, will institute a Countywide "Faith-based advisory council."

Interestingly, an earlier voters guide from Equality Florida had listed Robaina as in favor of domestic partnership and some protections for the GLBT community. Apparently, he's decided to flip-flop.

Carlos Gimenez, who now leads Robaina in polls, did not agree or refused to respond to many of the CFC's questions. He did not answer questions about gay marriage and refused to sign a pledge promising to defund the Cultural Arts Council. Gimenez has already picked up endorsements from many gay groups, including Save Dade, though the CFC has characterized these groups as "anti-marriage, extremist homosexual hate groups." 

Social issues rarely come up in county politics, but Robaina is an ambitious politician heavily involved in Republican circles. It would be interesting to see if he tries to push a socially conservative agenda as a way to further his prospects in his party.

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6 comments
Denisenvm
Denisenvm

Julio Robaina is to extreme for Miami-Dade, lacks integrity and has perpetrated voter fraud....vote for Carlos A. Gimenez...for a better Miami-Dade.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

The guy's about gynophobic as they come. You can be gayer, but not by much.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Gary Gans
Gary Gans

Wow-Anita Bryant finally had that gender reassignment!

Not Again!
Not Again!

First of all, this is old news. When Uncle Luke answered these questions, it was the deciding factor on voting for him. He was for gay rights and that was good enough for me! His support for Robaina and his homophobic mentality shows what Campbell is really all about. When Campbell was running, it was on the premise that he was going to do what was best for EVERYONE. Now, he's saying he is doing what is best for HIS community. So, I guess the rest of us can go fuck ourselves, according to Uncle Luke. By the way, Luke, African Americans are not as dumb as you seem to think they are.

Kevin
Kevin

Uncle Luke sure knows how to pick 'em.

antjphotog
antjphotog

Stuck on the past = not a progressive.  Major problem with a large group of individuals in Miami.  Why is it that you focus on Uncle Luke (not at ALL mentioned in the above article) vs the fact of what is of most concern to you.  HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION (means I'm not really looking for an answer): are you happy that Robaina identified his position(s) on the issues mentioned above, or are you happy that Gimenez only partially addressed the same issues.  Those are the facts that should be examined and utilized when making your decision to vote if you chose to do so.  In my opinion, Uncle Luke (who YES I voted for-and could care less about anyone's opinion of MY CHOICE) is not even an issue regarding the above article.

My two cents-I'm sure people will want to return my change.

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