Sen. Marco Rubio Speaks at Anti-Gay Florida Family Policy Council (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) addressed the anti-gay Florida Family Policy Council on Saturday night during a fundraising dinner in Orlando, Fla.

The Florida Family Policy Council helped put a gay marriage ban on the state ballot, which was approved in 2008, noted the Associated Press.

Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger has been a longtime opponent of gay marriage and gay scouts in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He even claimed that scouts would be molesting each other if the gay ban was removed.

After the BSA voted to allow gay scouts earlier this year, Stemberger started his own scouting group, which does not allow openly-gay scouts.

According to GoodAsYou.org, the Florida Family Policy Council has a page devoted to "leaving the gay lifestyle" on their website.

During his his 22-minute speech on Americans' God-given freedoms, Sen. Rubio did not mention gay rights or the freedoms that the Florida Family Policy Council opposes, but rather morals and values.

"The debate we should be having isn't whether or not we have a right to talk about values and morals in the public square, the debate we should be having instead is which values and morals our nation should focus on," said Sen. Rubio.

According to Shark-Tank.net, Sen. Rubio dismissed the claim that is God is being "kept out of our schools," which is often pushed by Christian conservatives.

"We hear about keeping God out of our schools, keeping God out of our politics, keeping God out of other people's lives," Rubio said. "This is a ridiculous debate, because God is everywhere at every time."

Sources: Shark-Tank.net, Associated Press, Flfamily.org, GoodAsYou.org