Campaigning In New Hampshire Florida Senator Apparently Unaware Of Last Year's Supreme Court Ruling
Marco Rubio Monday afternoon visited the Puritan Backroom diner inÂ Manchester, New Hampshire and happened upon two men and a woman sitting at a table.Â
â€œWhy do you want to put me back in the closet?,â€Â Timothy Kierstead, sitting with his husband and his mother, asked the conservative Florida Republican presidential candidate, according to the New York Times.
â€œI donâ€™t,â€ Rubio responded. â€œYou can live any way you want.â€
The Times described the encounter as a "tense exchange," saying that Kierstead, 50, "told Mr. Rubio that he was married but complained that the senatorâ€™s position amounted to him declaring that 'we donâ€™t matter.'"
Mr. Rubio, who was standing with his youngest son, Dominick, 8, by his side, gently disagreed. â€œNo, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.â€
â€œWell,â€ replied Mr. Kierstead, â€œthatâ€™s your belief.â€
Mr. Rubio continued: â€œI think thatâ€™s what the law should be. And if you donâ€™t agree you should have the law changed by a legislature.â€
The Florida Senator, fresh off a disastrousÂ performance at Saturday night's GOP debate, opted to not continue the exchange, saying he respectedÂ Kierstead's views.Â Kierstead reminded him same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
"Typical politician,"Â Kierstead, who has three children with his husband, shouted after him. "Walk away."
He later told the Times he is a registered independent but will vote for a Democrat because Republicans "want to take my rights away as a citizen of the United States."
On Facebook a few minutes ago, Kierstead detailed the exchange, adding, "So i guess my 18yrs will be null and void if he wins NOT GETTING MY VOTE he is an ass."
It must be noted that New Hampshire was the first state to pass same-sex marriage legislation into law, in 2009, without being forced to do so by a lawsuit or court ruling.