Speaking about the immigration reform bill yesterday, Rubio told Fox News pundit Andrea Tantaros on her radio show, "If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done."
KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if youâ€™ll be supporting that?
RUBIO: I havenâ€™t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protectedÂ but Iâ€™m not for any special protections based on orientation.
Keyes and Adam Peck noted in their report:
Workplace discrimination is an all-too-frequent reality for LGBT individuals.Â Two out of every five openly lesbian, gay, or bisexual employees have reported discrimination at their jobs. Among transgender workers, that figure rises toÂ nine out of ten.
Currently,Â 29 statesÂ have no laws protecting gay and lesbian workers from discrimination in the workplace, and an additionalÂ five statesÂ donâ€™t protect workers based on gender identity. And yet nine in ten AmericansÂ mistakenly believeÂ that it is illegal to fire someone for being gay.
LGBT workers arenâ€™t asking for â€œspecial protections,â€ as Rubio would have people believe. Theyâ€™re asking to be treated like everyone else and be allowed to do their job without fear of being harassed or fired for who they are.
Rubio's presence at Reed'sÂ â€œRoad to Majorityâ€ conference, which includes anti-gay notables like NOM President Brian Brown -- itself is troubling. Reed, who was disgraced and forced to leave asÂ the firstÂ executive director of Pat Robertsonâ€™sÂ Christian Coalition amid allegations of violations of federal campaign finance laws.
But worse, a reported 500 attendees from yesterday's conference flooded Capitol Hill to demand lawmakers pass a replacement bill for DOMA, which even the anti-gay Christian group believes will be struck down by the Supreme Court.
Rubio, who is 44 and a Roman Catholic, also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which included new protections for LGBT people, and he is on record s supporting a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would permanently ban same-sex couples from marrying.
Rubio would have voted against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," in 2010 but wasn't a member of the Senate when it was repealed. His spokesperson did say Rubio "supports the current policy and doesnâ€™t see any reason for it to change."
Not only did Rubio get an endorsement from Perkins, Rubio "boasted the endorsementÂ of anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council and during the electionÂ recorded robocallsÂ for the National Organization of Marriage urging Americans to deny equal rights to gays and lesbians," Igor Volsky at Think Progress reported earlier this year.
And in April 2006, the state of Florida "was being criticized for its inability to place foster children with families, a problem that had become so acute that some foster kids were forced to sleep in a state conference room," OnTheIssues reports. Rubio, who was serving in the Florida House, "dismissed expanding the program to include gay couples who wanted to take in children. 'Some of these kids are the most disadvantaged in the state,' Rubio said. 'They shouldn't be forced to be part of a social experiment.'"
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