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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – Gay rights advocates have taken Senator Marco Rubio and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to task for agreeing to speak at a conference of pastors who they say are notoriously anti-gay.

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The conference in Orlando is taking place on the two month anniversary of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

The advocates are plan to protest Thursday outside where the meeting is being held.

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Rubio says in a statement that the meeting isn’t anti-gay but rather a celebration of faith.

But gay rights group Equality Florida says the speakers at the American Renewal Project conference have espoused hateful views and blocked same-sex marriage efforts.

The speakers include lawyer Mat Staver, who has represented Alabama’s chief justice and a Kentucky clerk in their efforts to block same-sex marriage.

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