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  • Marco Rubio Doubles Down With New Plan To Take Away LGBT Rights

    GOP Presidential Candidate Recruits Well-Known Anti-Gay Activists To Reverse The Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

    In his continued efforts to strip the LGBT community of their rights, Marco Rubio just doubled down on his presidential campaign promise to reverse last year’s marriage equality ruling. A press release issued on Saturday ahead of the GOP debate announced that Rubio’s campaign has formed a Marriage & Family Advisory Board devoted to “rebuilding a vibrant culture of marriage and family.” That’s code for taking away equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

    Rubio echoed that goal at the GOP debate Saturday:

    In announcing Rubio's new Marriage & Family Advisory Board, Eric Teetsel, the Rubio campaign's Director of Faith Outreach, chose to attack same-sex marriage.

    “The Supreme Court’s decisions in Windsor and Obergefell are only the most recent example of our failure as a society to understand what marriage is and why it matters," Teetsel, former head of the head of the Manhattan Declaration, said.

    "For decades, we have taken for granted the unique and necessary contributions of moms and dads in the lives of their children, from lax divorce laws to marriage penalties in the tax code and the failure of husbands and wives to live up to their marriage vows. Marco understands the many causes of family breakdown and the consequences. He has pulled together a board of experts who understand the same and have devoted themselves to rebuilding a vibrant culture of marriage and family."

    Rubio has recruited some of the most anti-gay activists in the public sphere. The Marriage & Family Advisory Board includes Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council, an organization that was declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The board also includes Ryan T. Anderson, a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Anderson is known for advocating for harmful conversion therapy and for comparing same-sex attraction to pedophilia and alcoholism.

    Rubio has never been shy about his disdain for the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, even though he claims he doesn’t discriminate against the LGBT community. "It's not about discrimination,” he said two months ago in an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press. “It is about the definition of a very specific, traditional, and age-old institution."

    RELATED: Marco Rubio: Same-Sex Marriage Law Not 'Settled' (Video)

    As for one of his strategies to reverse the marriage equality ruling, Rubio said  he plans to appoint anti-gay Supreme Court justices. "I don't believe any case law is settled law,” Rubio said. “Any future Supreme Court can change it. And ultimately, I will appoint Supreme Court justices that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed."

    On Twitter, some notables weighed in:

    Jim Obergefell, whose case won marriage at the Supreme Court:

    Lambda Legal attorney Eric Lesh:

    Former GOProud head Jimmy LaSalvia:

      

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    Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
    Hat tip: Joe.My.God.

     

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    • commented 2016-02-19 14:46:12 -0500
      rmthunter. Valid points but I’m 53 years old, I’ve watched the fundamentalist extremists move from the fringes of society into one of our two major political parties in my lifetime. Yes, they’ve always had a vote but they are still a minority. They have disproportionate influence because of our two party system. I’m optimistic that they will lose more and more influence in the coming years. They’ve already lost a whole generation that’s coming of age.

    • commented 2016-02-16 12:03:29 -0500
      Dave Shroeder: If they sink into oblivion, it will only be temporary — history is a series of reactions, and this strand of “conservatism” has been part of American politics from the beginning. Thankfully, we seem to move toward what America’s expressed ideals actually represent, if only by fits and starts.

      Mark Hiser: Thank you for that eloquent and beautiful comment.

    • commented 2016-02-16 10:44:31 -0500
      As horrifying as this is, it does show how utterly out of touch conservatives are with the majority. "Lax divorce laws’? Wow. The conservative movement is doomed but they can still do a lot of damage as they sink into oblivion.

    • commented 2016-02-16 07:14:21 -0500
      This election cycle has been nasty, but I want to take a moment to try to pull back from the cliff of fear and angry rhetoric and ask that we listen with empathy. I am a gay man who is legally married to a man I have loved and been with for over 18 years. The first time I saw Charles, I was sitting in one of the side pews at church when noticed a handsome and intense looking man with a beautiful smile come in late to the service. A few weeks later, I finally got the nerve to say hello to him and to even (with lots of stammering) talk about that Sunday’s sermon and choir music. I remember how excited (and scared) I was when we went to a local restaurant for our first date a few weeks later in early January. Last August I felt that same excitement (and fear) when our pastor performed our wedding ceremony in front of our families. We had already lived together for almost 18 years, but neither of us could sleep for nights before that wondrous day. Now, all of the Republican presidential candidates have come out against that marriage and most have pledged to strip us of our marriage and the rights that came with it.

      If you are married (or have someone you love and would consider marrying), I am certain you would feel tremendous fear, anger and hurt if people in power said they planned to take all of that away from you. That marriage is not just about taxes and rights, but is about your identity and your joy in sharing life with someone you can trust to be with you during both good and hard times, sickness and health. That marriage is about your desire to say to the world that you are proud to have a particular person at your side. That marriage is about having someone who can help you fall asleep on nights when you are in pain or despair, who can hold you in times of need and times of celebration. But, then you hear daily how people in power and people you do not even know, want to take all that away from you. They want you to live a life where you cannot proclaim to the world that you feel loved, safe and secure.

      Put yourself in my shoes. Put yourself in the shoes of countless other LGBT persons you know in your family and circle of friends and acquaintances. Put yourself in the shoes of people you do not know but who are your fellow Americans.

      If you feel the pain and think it is wrong for Americans to bring that pain upon their neighbors, I ask you to consider asking the candidates to pull back from their attacks on your friends and family. I ask that you consider asking the candidates to end their pledge to bring pain to millions of people.

    • commented 2016-02-15 13:05:07 -0500
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    • commented 2016-02-15 09:48:14 -0500
      All these Republican heroes in their shining armor — and we can be thankful they’ve opted for that rather than spandex — who are going to ride into Washington on their chargers and undo Supreme Court decisions.

      Wonder how they plan on doing that.

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