Fort Lauderdale Mayor Hosting Virulently Anti-Gay Pastor at Annual Prayer Breakfast
Jack Seiler once served as the mayor of Wilton Manors, a Broward city with the second-highest proportion of same-sex couples in the whole country. Seiler, a Democrat, now serves as the mayor of nearby Fort Lauderdale, which has its own long history of LGBTQ support. In fact, South Florida as a whole has quite the reputation as a welcoming place for the queer community.
So it seriously angered residents when, in 2014, Seiler voted against a city resolution supporting same-sex marriage. And now — rightfully — South Florida's LGBTQ community is pissed at Seiler again.
On April 28, Seiler will host Fort Lauderdale's 55th Annual "Mayor's Prayer Breakfast," alongside Jim Daly, a virulently anti-gay pastor from the gay-hating group Focus on the Family. Daly and his organization are famous for opposing LGBTQ couples' rights to marry, adopt, and even be protected from employment discrimination. Daly's group still supports demonstrably harmful "gay conversion therapy" and claims transgender people are "mentally ill." Daly himself once said that same-sex marriage will lead to the dissolution of civilized society.
The CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (who is also a Truth Wins Out board president) called on Seiler to drop out of the event.