Questions Arise In Mayoral Candidate Julio Robaina’s Stance On Gay Rights

MIAMI (CBS4) – Pro gay rights group, Save Dade, and socially conservative group, The Christian Family Coalition, both sent out voter guides to their thousands of members. That’s not unusual; they do it for every election. But what is strange is that they both say Miami-Dade mayoral candidate and current Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina is on their side when it comes to basic gay rights.

Christian Family Coalition director Anthony Verdugo says he and his advocacy group go way back with Robaina.

“We’ve always known the mayoral candidate to be a man of principle and a man of honor and dignity,” Verdugo told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

Verdugo says Robaina has always been clear on his stance against gay marriage, and the rights of domestic partnerships.

“He supported marriages as the union of one man and one woman and would do nothing to support civil unions or domestic partnerships, and in fact on the latter he signed a marriage protective pledge not once but twice,” said Verdugo.

But C.J. Ortuno, director of pro gay rights group Save Dade says Robaina has shown he does support basic gay rights, including domestic partnerships.

In response to a Save Dade questionnaire Robaina wrote quote, “I support and believe that it is right for there to be a register of domestic partner relationships with the county to provide visitation rights and basic rights to domestic partners.” That quote was printed in The Miami Herald, CBS4’s news partner.

“Based on conversations that we’ve had with all the candidates, based on written committed responses we feel that not only is the nayor, but also the other candidates right there with us,” said Ortuno.

Verduga says Robaina will clear up this inconsistency.

“We’re very certain that he will immediately and very publicly clarify that his position on all these issues is consistent with the Christian Family Coalition….Which is not supporting domestic partnership.”

Late Tuesday night, Robaina’s spokesperson sent CBS4 News the following this statement:

“Mayor Robaina stands by the marriage protection pledges he signed which define and protect marriage and all of its benefits as the union of one man and one woman as defined by the Florida Constitution, overwhelmingly approved by voters in November, 2008.  Efforts to misconstrue Robaina’s position on this issue are absurd and politically driven.” 

CBS4 News tried all day to speak with Robaina to ask him specific questions on this issue. He did not grant an interview.

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  • yokolee

    Marriage is for a man and a woman.

    Civil union for same sex couple?

    I’m confused, but i voted for Robaina so that means i agree…..

    What will Jesus do?

  • yokolee

    Change is coming, regardless

    Robaina is not from Brazil, Argentina, Spain and many other countries..

    right or wrong the world is changing……

  • Juan

    Is that Anthony Verdugo, the guy who was arrested for election fraud in 2002 after submitting false petition signatures? He’s still around??

    • Roger Keith

      Yes it is and he is no doubt associated with a dishonest Robaina. Corruption at its finest as usual

      • Ana Nimus

        Juan and Roger!!!
        Blah Blah Blah…you obviously don’t know what you are talking about!!! Get your facts right before you talk ! Get a clue… for starters…it was not “voter fraud” he was accused of, it was “petition fraud”…and that’s all it stayed as…an accusation.

        People like Tony are the voice for a great multitude of conservatives in the community….we are here although we are not loud, we will not allow the “change” that only benefits a few and imposes on the many!

  • Jimbo99

    Who cares about gay issues ? The questions that really need to be answered are why every mayoral candidate on the ballot is being investigated by the federal government for something or another. I get mailings & phone calls every day, why don’t we just pick the next mayor from the parole roster at a prison. That way the ex-con we wind up with has a job and doesn’t go back to prison to share a cell with one of these candidates ?

    • Phil Landers

      Ditto sir and I could answer your question quite easily but Dave will delete my post. Although, I think you already know what the answer is.

  • Phil Landers

    Who cares, Dade county will be right back where it started from because the same people will vote in the same kind of [whatever you feel is appropriate] again.

  • EOS

    Vote for Luther ” Luke ” Campbell Mayor of Miami- Dade County
    A Mayor for All the people

  • femmero

    Vote for Julio Robaina Mayor of Miami- Dade County
    A true leader!
    Vote Robaina #25

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