By JAVIER MANJARRESIn probably one of the most desperate attempts to garner attention for a cause, the gay-rights newspaper The Advocate blatantly lied by stating that Senator Marco Rubio’s Hillsborough County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Tampa, Florida was interrupted by the group GetEqual.
Here’s the lie that writer Neil Broverman stated about the event-
Rubio is part of the “Gang of 8” working to craft immigration reform legislation, but the Republican has said he will harpoon any bill that includes provisions to assist LGBT binational couples. – The Advocate
The truth is this- a very small group of gay-rights activists entered the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the event took place and were quickly escorted out around 7pm, before Rubio had even emerged from the VIP reception that started at 6:30pm.Rubio didn’t actually start his speech until around 8:30pm. I don’t know if Mr. Broverman was in attendance, but upon inspecting the media list when I arrived at the event, he was not included on the list. Tampa Bay Times reporter Adam Smith arrived shortly before the event kicked off, and would have reported if anyone had disrupted Rubio’s speech. I am sure that the 700+ attendees and hotel staff would contest this Advocate story for what it is, a lie.