Meet Florida's Biggest Homophobes

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Browse the Facebook page of the Florida Democratic League for a few seconds and you'll come across a disturbing image of an effigy of a black man hanging from a lamp post with a sign attached to his dead body: "This n***** voted."

The image accompanied a rant on Miami-Dade Judge Sarah I. Zabel's decision to rule in favor of gay marriage. The ranter claimed that Zabel had "judicially lynched" Florida voters who had voted in favor of the state's 2008 constitutional ban on gay marriage.

If you find dredging up painful images from racist past to enforce present discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation logically absurd, at best, to deeply offensive, at worst, you're probably not familiar with the thinking of Florida's last bastion of (loosely) organized homophobes.

See also: The Top Ten Outed Right-Wing Homophobes

The groups -- the Miami-based Christian Family Coalition, Florida Family Policy Council, the Florida Democratic League and the People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality among them -- are a jumbled ball of contradictions.

They claim to be pro family, but only families that do not include LGBT members.

They claim to be concerned with voter's rights, but they themselves aren't democratic organizations. Most are little more than cults of personalities founded and run by a single man that have managed to attract some followers.

They call themselves "human rights organizations" and "social justice groups" despite their main goal being an effort to deny rights and social justice to gay people.

Lately they've been avoiding out-and-out anti-gay rhetoric, and harping on the idea of a judge striking down a law as unconstitutional is somehow "lynching" the rights of the voters who voted for it in the first place.

Never mind that the majority of Floridians now support gay marriage.

Never mind that this is how America's system of checks and balances is supposed to work.

They don't actually care about that anyway. They just really, really don't like gay people.

And yet anytime anything happens in Florida relating to gay rights, the media (dare we say call it the "lame stream media" in their parlance) flocks to them for quotes for some false sense of balance. Sometimes you wonder why these reporters can't find anyone smarter and less extreme to explain why denying the right to marriage to same-sex couples is a good idea, and then you realize you've answered your own question.

So without further ado, here are Florida's biggest homophobes. If you see them quoted in an otherwise objective news story about gay marriage, bear their history in mind.

Anthony Verdugo
Executive Director of Christian Family Coalition
Sample quote: "It is a judicial lynching of nearly 8 million Florida voters, " on recent court decisions striking down gay marriage.

Verdugo is the spiritual successor to Anita Bryant, and founded his group in the late '90s in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Miami-Dade's gay inclusive human rights ordinance. Despite that early failure, he's still going strong. His most recent efforts have lead to transgender people being denied protection under that same human rights ordinance.

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Crist Jarrett
Crist Jarrett

Blame your hate on "God" because that's cool.

XCasper Milo
XCasper Milo

Us as a society are downgrading because of people like this. Not only that the cause is against gays but also because of hatred agains black and whites asian, etc, it is because we are diffrent. and yet everybody knows that everybody is afraid of change.! Not only change but something that they are not use too.. God has created men and women equal. And mother nature changes the world every day. everyday there is a new species, why is it so diffrent with human beings. All this hatred is illiterate we may be diffrent in some ways but yet we were put on this earth just like you, and we should not be treated diffrent. ''Sometimes change is a good thing.''

Lou Ce Fur
Lou Ce Fur

Anal or GAYNAL ... That is the question Dylan Roberts

Ernest Peterson
Ernest Peterson

First of all god isn't real.But if he was why would he still love people for deliberately committing so called sin.America is as confused as a roach on its back...

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

Yeah right, like that guy on the right doesn't like anal... Lou Ce

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Steve Vose, good catch, maybe he was planted and the photo is staged propaganda for an agenda ? I don't know of any straight people that are enthusiastic enough to show up at a protest like it was a Heat playoff or Dolphins game ? Folks in general usually show up quietly, vote their conviction and move on with their lives ?

Steve Vose
Steve Vose

Is it ironic that the dude holding up those two signs is wearing a YMCA t-shirt?

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

LaShawn Miller, the homophobes or the LGBT ? Mental illness doesn't discriminate ?

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

This is why the Phelps kids are leaving WBC...they see the light.

Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore

You know what I hate? Christians with access to boards and markers.

Charles Milian
Charles Milian

funny thing is half these people protesting are gay as well, hiding in the closet

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Statistically, with as many marriages that fail or even pre-marriage relationships that fail, makes you wonder why straight of LGBT wants anything to do with it ?

Aileen Luck
Aileen Luck

Well the sad thing is God loves them too so won't hate because we are all God's children

Rose Vassey
Rose Vassey

pretty arrogant of them to think they have the right to speak for God

Denisse Quinonez
Denisse Quinonez

These must be the Christians God is extremely proud of! Smdh!

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

Thank god for AIDS? Wow that's a new low I haven't seen.

Danny Castro
Danny Castro

We've come a long way baby. What a mess. Have you noticed that these people always see to have a blank look on their faces. It's as though they're empty and side and I think they probably are.

Gabriel A. Valenzuela
Gabriel A. Valenzuela

Glenn that is freedom of speech. Yes they are assholes, that goes without saying it. Most likely they are inbred.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

So what else is new? Hatred, racism, bigotry and homophobia are alive and well. The irony of it all is that these sick homophobes have now stepped into the millions of closets that gays have finally broken free from. Every now and then, they come out but quickly lock themselves back in, pretending to be politically correct.

Janice D Batten
Janice D Batten

And thanking God for aids is like thinking God for cancer...I mean really stupid!

Janice D Batten
Janice D Batten

Idiots, small minded people! Funny I just read Rom 9 13 and it says nothing about God hates ____S. The guy with the Y shirt is probably still hiding in the closet! I feel sorry for people like this..what happened to No judgement??

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

They're self-loathers.

Glenn Blackmore
Glenn Blackmore

You know if thosr signs said god hates jews or catholics they would be arrested for hate speech, but since it is only gays i guess they have no problem with it. Shame

Miguel Montalvo
Miguel Montalvo

Bla Bla Bla, total ignorance! Keep yapping and saying negative things. These people if you look at them closely need to shower, with that said and means is trailer trash! These people are the first ones to do horrible things like kill children, watch child porno, eat humans, etc... Its funny and rare to come across people like this because they sure will get a good lesson and learn to shut the trap! Keep talking, those who laugh last, laugh better \U0001f60b

Annie Richemond
Annie Richemond

~HOMOSEXUAL I LOVE those who research, ask questions and seek TRUTH. Speaking to a very intelligent close friend in the medical field regarding so many people turning gay. I thought there MUST be something MORE to this and she explained the HALITOSIS BOMB or GAY BOMB to me. A non lethal chemical weapon the US Air Force use in chemtrails. It involves discharging female sex PHEROMONES over the enemy forces in order to make them SEXUALLY ATTRACTED to each other. It has been tested on mice and was proven to work. The mice were attracted to only the same sex in labs and now they have put it in our air through chemtrails. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR! We are being USED, CONTAMINATED and seriously MANIPULATED. "Oh Annie, it's just theories!!" (please). They make it, they use it. Point blank! We can travel to the moon and back. There is a DIABOLICAL technology for everything.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

So what, let them say whatever they want. They're nothing but a bunch of ignorant, probably racist, white trash idiots.

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman

People NEED to realize that NO ONE speaks on behave of God, especially these particular Blasphemous IMBECILES!

José Manuel
José Manuel

religion is indeed ridiculous as a whole. The idea of grown people believing in some invisible being on another dimension who watches your every move is laughable; Shows weakness in character or worse lack of intelligence and education.

Rose Vassey
Rose Vassey

it's nice to know that these guys know God so well that they can speak for HER

Carlos A Salazar
Carlos A Salazar

@jorge marquez... by that same token he's he's attacking any religion that has a god..hahaha he's basically telling anyone that believes in a god that their god doesn't exist in manner of ridicule. Either way man, we're obviously on the same sides and by taking this discussion any further I'm gonna contradict myself. My point is that whether your gay, bi straight religious or atheist you're still no one to make fun of either one and by doing so you're no different than the ones judging you. In my personal opinion you can do and be whoever you want as long as you don't hurt anyone else (clearly encrypted in my head from the few things I know the religions I've learned from) soo these idiots holding signs hating on gay people are hurting people.....gay/straight/ whoever telling people their god isn't real.....also hurting people. that's all

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

First Amendment protects their right to self-expression, no matter how absurd. The beauty of Democracy is that it protects both intelligence and stupidity, often in unequal measure.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

Sarah Tonin can get it in her poopchute one time

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

And speaking of "racist", what makes you think they are 'white' trash?

Fullerene
Fullerene

Your comment was completely pointless. No government entity is trying to shut them up. Are you saying that you think the First Amendment protects them from any criticism?

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