U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch blasted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for “using the LGBT community to advance his own political interests.”
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Speaking to a packed room Tuesday morning inside Pride Center at Equality Park, Deutch said Rubio’s reaction to the Pulse Nightclub massacre was shameful. After years of supporting anti-LGBT policies Rubio, Deutch said, attempted to recast himself as a savior to LGBT Floridians following the worst mass shooting in American history.
“His actions need to be condemned,” Deutch said. “Using a community for political gain after a massacre like that is exactly what people hate about politics.”
Rubio, a Republican, is in a tight race against Democrat Patrick Murphy for the Senate seat which could change the balance of power in Washington.
A co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Deutch said he would continue to fight for LGBT rights on Capitol Hill. He said if Hillary Clinton is elected President, she will sign the Equality Act into law.
Among other things, the bill provides workplace protections for LGBT Americans.
“In Florida, if you’re gay you can get married on the weekend and fired when you show up to your job on Monday, that just can’t stand,” Deutch said.
Deutch was the featured speaker at the Pride Center’s weekly coffee and conversation program, a gathering geared towards seniors and boomers. Congressional redistricting has given Deutch more Broward County constituents. The three-term Congressman faces a Republican challenger, real estate agent Andrea McGee in the general election.