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Conservative Christian group makes endorsements in Broward judicial races

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The Christian Family Coalition, whose biggest recent cause has been fighting against lawsuits seeking to legalize gay marriage in Florida, is out with endorsements in three Broward judicial races.

In a statement Tuesday evening, the organization gave its support to Dennis Bailey, a candidate for circuit judge in group 17;  Ian Richards, running four county court in group 27; and John Patrick Contini, running for circuit court in group 27.

“These candidates will win and together we will move South Florida forward in 2015,” the family coalition said in its endorsement.

The group is strongly anti-abortion, but its main activity in 2014 has been opposition to lawsuits in various Florida courts that seek to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

When Broward Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen earlier this month became the third Florida judge in less than a month to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the Christian Family Coalition deemed him an “outlaw judge” and called it “another example of lawlessness in South Florida.

The coalition said Cohen’s “corrupt decision is a judicial lynching” and that he “offended basic human decency” by finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

The coalition doesn’t use the term gay marriage or same-sex marriage. Instead it calls it “homosexual so-called ‘marriage.’”

The group’s executive director, Anthony Verdugo, has called homosexuality "biologically aberrant sexual behavior.”

In 2011, the Christian Family Coalition denounced U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami-Dade Republican, as "an arrogant, anti-family, homosexualist extremist."

The reason: She was the first Republican in Congress to co-sponsor legislation to repeal the federal ban on gay marriage called the Defense of Marriage Act that later was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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