The lone Democrat on a list of endorsements from Florida’s leading anti-LGBT organization hails from Broward County.
Rep. Patricia Williams is Florida Family Action’s “preferred” candidate in House District 92. The district covers eight municipalities in Broward County: Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, North Lauderdale and Tamarac.
Florida Family Action is the legislative tool of the Florida Family Policy Council, led by longtime anti-LGBT attorney John Stemberger. FFA opposes marriage equality and supports conversion therapy.
In an interview with the Sun Sentinel last month, Williams gave an evasive answer about her position on conversion therapy, stating she is willing to work with anyone.
“I’m here for equal rights, some people want extra rights,” Williams said.
Williams, first elected to the House in 2016, is seeking her third term. Her opponent, Haitian American, Nancy St. Clair, according to her website, “believes in the Biblical view of marriage between a man and a woman.”
St. Clair is running as a non-party affiliated candidate.
“Williams appears to be the better of the two candidates but that’s not really saying much,” posted Broward Human Rights Activist Michael Rajner on Facebook.
“I’m not bought, owned or controlled by any special interest group,” Williams told Sun Sentinel reporter Steve Bousquet. “I was beaten down by the Christian organization, well one specific one, I was beaten down from the LGBQ community and for them to even think that I have a like or a dislike about anything that they choose to do is the furthest from the truth.”