Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hasn’t wavered from, and isn’t at all shy about his conservative religious beliefs. Below are some of his worst anti-gay comments. Now that's he's announced he will be running, will Sen. Rubio make a lot more of these comments during his primary campaign?
1. Marco Rubio explicitly doesn't believe in same-sex marriage.
“I do not believe there is a U.S. Constitutional right to same sex marriage,” he said. “The trend that I will not accept, however, is the growing attitude that belief in traditional marriage equates to bigotry and hatred. Just as California has a right to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, Florida has a right to define it as one man and one woman.”
2. He thinks that people who don’t support traditional marriage are intolerant.
“I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage,” he said. “Today there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance for those who continue to support traditional marriage.”
3. He supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“The flip side is, should a photographer be punished for refusing to do a wedding that their faith teaches them is not one that is valid in the eyes of God?” he said. “Here you’re talking about the definition of an institution, not the value of a single human being. That’s the difference between the civil rights movement and the marriage equality movement.”
4. And he supported Arizona’s version of the bill in 2013.
“I don`t believe that gay Americans should be denied services at a restaurant or hotel or anything of that nature,” he said. “I also don`t believe however that a caterer or photographer should be punished by the state for refusing to provide services for a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs. We’ve got to figure out a way to protect that, as well.”
5. Rubio claims that he’s a huge proponent of immigration reform, but wouldn’t let his immigration bill go forward if it had an amendment that stated that same-sex married couples would be treated the same way as all married couples.
“If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," he said.
6. He told the Florida Family Policy Council, the group that led the petition to put a same-sex marriage ban on Florida’s ballot, that government should regulate Americans’ morality.
“The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It's everybody's business,” he said.
7. He thinks that children can only live in families with a father and a mother, because that’s what the Bible says.
"In terms of the Bible’s interpretation of marriage, what our faith teaches is pretty straightforward. There’s not much debate about that. The debate is about what society should tolerate, and what society should allow our laws to be,” he said. “I believe marriage is a unique and specific institution that is the result of thousands of years of wisdom, which concluded that the ideal — not the only way but certainly the ideal — situation to raise children to become productive and healthy humans is in a home with a father and mother married to each other.
8. And he called expanding Florida’s foster care program to same-sex couples a “social experiment.”
“Some of these kids are the most disadvantaged in the state,’ he said. "They shouldn’t be forced to be a part of a social experiment."
9. He supports DOMA.
“I want to thank Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership for taking action to defend this critical law that was enacted by a bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton,” he said in a press release. “It is unfortunate that President Obama decided to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act."
10. And he, not surprisingly, does not support ENDA.
“I’m not for any special protections based on orientation,” he said.
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