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Sharia Law?

A new ad by the Log Cabin Republicans attacks Hillary Clinton claiming she will do nothing for LGBT Americans.

“Hillary will throw LGBTs under the bus, along with Jews, to curry favor with Muslims and kowtow to immigrants who uphold Sharia law, which condemns gays to death, denies equal rights to women and suppresses our freedoms of religion and speech.” reads one line in the ad, which ran in last week’s issue of the Florida Agenda.

Andy Eddy, a member of the Broward County Log Cabin Republican Club, said the ad was approved by a committee. Futhermore, Eddy defended the positions expressed.

“All you have to do is go online and see the hangings of gays and gays being pushed off buildings,” Eddy said. “Try going to Saudi Arabia with a copy of the South Florida Gay News in your hand and see how far you get.”

James Basmajian, Vice President of the Dolphin Democrats, said the Log Cabin ad is misleading.

“She will not throw us under the bus,” Basmajian said. “This is all about Muslim race baiting. Hillary’s record on LGBT issues is spotless. She has always been a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish Americans.”

The ad also claims Clinton will raise taxes on the middle class, open America’s borders to unskilled immigrants, defend late-term and partial-birth abortions, appoint Supreme Court justices that will undermine the Second Amendment, cripple law enforcement, push for trade giveaways and expand ObamaCare.

“All they are trying to do is divide people,” Basmajian said. “This Log Cabin ad reflects the mean spirited and divisive tone of Donald Trump’s campaign.”

 

Gay Fort Lauderdale Chamber Receives Grant

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $5,000 grant at this year’s National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Leadership Conference.

The 2016 Conference was held in Palm Springs, California last week and Keith Blackburn represented the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

“The annual conference provides a wealth of information and is extremely useful to the management and growth of our chamber,” said Blackburn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the GFLGLCC. “This year, we had about 18 members who attended the conference. For them, the focus was on building their business, networking, educational and matchmaker meetings with major corporations seeking business with LGBT business.”

Funded by Wells Fargo Foundation, the grant, Blackburn said, will be used to fully launch the chamber’s “Business Connect” program.

“This program aims to make tangible connections between members who share similar and complementary interests and needs,” Blackburn said.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa hosted last year’s NGLCC’s Business and Leadership Conference which featured a presentation by financial advisor and author Suze Orman and CNN newsman Richard Quest. Blackburn said there are currently 52 NGLCC affiliate members.

Up next for the GFLGLCC is a quarterly networking luncheon, Sept. 13, hosted by the B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale Beach. For more information, visit gogayfortlauderdale.com

 

Ceasar Loses Bid for Clerk of the Courts

Mitch Ceasar has returned the Broward Democratic Party, party officials confirmed Thursday.

Ceasar, a longtime Democratic Party boss, finished second in the party’s primary election for Clerk of the Courts, collecting 34,966 votes (30 percent.)

Brenda Forman won the election with 50,866 votes (44 percent) with public defender Elizabeth McHugh finishing in third place with 30,334 votes (26 percent). Forman is the wife of current Broward Clerk of the Courts, Howard C. Forman.

“I’m looking forward to a new chapter of my career,” Ceasar told SFGN on Wednesday evening as he attended a reception for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in Plantation.

A practicing attorney in Broward County for more than 36 years, Ceasar’s return to the Democratic Party’s apparatus was welcomed.

“We have regained a passionate voice for democratic ideals, and I look forward to working with Mitch in the coming months,” said Broward Democratic Party interim chair Cynthia Busch, in a news release.

SFGN chose Ceasar as one of this year’s Top 25 Straight Allies. It is unclear what his new role with the Broward Dems will be.

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