Governor seeks emergency declaration after massacre

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 13 requested a federal emergency declaration under the Stafford Act in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

“Yesterday’s terror attack was an attack on our state and entire nation,” Scott said in a news statement. “This morning, I have asked President Obama to declare an emergency so that the full resources of the federal government can be made available for all those impacted by this horrific massacre.”

The governor, added, “I have remained in constant communication with federal, state and local law enforcement. I have spoken with our hospitals who are caring for those who are wounded and recovering. I have also been in contact with some of the victims’ families to let them know we are grieving with them and will be there for them every step of the way. Our state is mourning, but the Orlando community is strong. We are all coming together, and we will get through this together. I ask every American to continue to pray for our state and nation and all those affected by this terror attack.”

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera also issued a statement. He said, “We are devastated, angry and disgusted by the horrifying act of domestic terrorism that took place here in our state. I have been on the ground in Orlando, and the sense of community and love we see here is proof that we are a resilient people. We as Americans have shown and will continue to show that we cannot and will not be intimidated into changing our way of life by evil. The state of Florida has offered all resources available, and will continue to be in constant contact with all agencies involved. Our prayers are with those and their families devastated by last night’s act of terror, and we will be doing everything possible to support.”

Scott has tried to avoid acknowledging the Pulse is a gay dance club and that the many victims are from the LGBT community.

He’s been an ardent opponent of same-sex marriage and defended the state ban on such marriages in federal and state courts. Most recently the Republican governor signed legislation protecting clergy who want to refuse services to LGBT people.