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Marco Rubio Says Obama Backed Gay Marriage For 'Political Reasons'


Florida Senator Marco Rubio told Fox Business that President Obama endorsed marriage equality for "political reasons" and to move the political conversation away from the economy. And according to Rubio, long-thought to be a potential veep pick for Mitt Romney, Obama will keep using this tactic as the election goes on.

Via the Miami Herald:

He doesn't want [the economy] to be what this election is about. And so it's not just on gay marriage, I think every week he'll roll out another issue to distract from it. And so it's not just on gay marriage, I think every week he'll roll out another issue to distract from it.

I think they've actually admitted that it was politically calculated, because they said they were going to make this decision anyway, they just want to do it closer to the convention. He admitted that he was going to announce this anyway, he just wanted it to be around the convention, he wanted it to be even more dramatic. So of course this was all about politics.

Rubio reiterated that he himself opposes gay marriage for religious reasons, but that the decision to be left to the states. The Tea Party favorite also refused to address the possibility that he could be on the GOP ticket in November, but remarked, "I have no doubt he’s going to make a great selection as his running mate."

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  1. So both he and Obama have ultimately the same answer: let the states decide. Glory! Bipartisanship at last.

    Posted by: MarkUs | May 17, 2012 5:12:28 PM

  2. Obama is opposed to DOMA and has spoken about his wishes to get rid of doma at the federal level. So you are incorrect there is not a bi partisan agreement here.

    Posted by: paul | May 17, 2012 5:18:09 PM

  3. And repugnicunts are against immigrants and gays for political reasons.

    Posted by: qj201 | May 17, 2012 5:24:33 PM

  4. And Rubio's resurrection and backing of the "DREAM" act is not for political reasons?

    Posted by: CGD | May 17, 2012 5:28:00 PM

  5. The prez believes same sex couples should have the same rights, this dirt bag does not. BIG difference
    Think a little

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 17, 2012 5:29:16 PM

  6. Yes, because backing marriage equality is SUCH a crowd-pleaser!

    B*tch, please.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 17, 2012 5:29:38 PM

  7. I would f*ck Rubio for non political reasons.

    Posted by: DrJWL | May 17, 2012 5:30:24 PM

  8. well actually Obummers stance of NOT being in favor was the political calculation. His new stance is where he has always been at

    Posted by: Homo Genius | May 17, 2012 5:30:40 PM

  9. rubio should stop trying to be VP

    from youth till running for office he was a registered mormon (switched catholic atends baptist church to get votes in fl)

    no way will even the xtianista right evangelicals accept 2 mormons on the ticket

    Posted by: say what | May 17, 2012 5:35:25 PM


    Rubio, has repeatedly described himself as the son of Cuban exiles who struggled to build a new life in America after being forced to flea the communist and oppressive Cuban regime.

    Last year, Roig-Franzia, the Washington Post reporter behind the forthcoming Rubio biography, “The Rise of Marco Rubio,” reported information that directly contradicted Rubio’s account of his parents' escape from communist Cuba. Roig-Franzia found that Rubio’s parents left Cuba for Miami in 1956, nearly three years before Fidel Castro seized power on New Year's Day 1959.

    The difference: Rubio’s version casts him as the son of exiles and part of a Cuban diaspora, displaced by a communist regime and forced to make a new life in the United States. Roig-Franzia's findings detail a less evocative immigrant experience.

    Now, Roig-Franiza has unearthed information indicating that Rubio’s maternal grandfather allegedly returned to Cuba after Castro’s rise to power and worked for the government for about two years before deciding to return to the United States, Politico reported. When he did, U.S. officials questioned his political exile claim and ordered him deported.


    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | May 17, 2012 5:37:22 PM

  11. And Rubio is making this claim for political reasons.

    Posted by: PJ | May 17, 2012 5:40:46 PM

  12. He has not aged well.

    Posted by: carl | May 17, 2012 5:43:22 PM

  13. even assuming the president's decision was political. how are the republicans' anti-gay positions to rile up their fundamentalist base any different?

    doing something politically doesn't diminish it's effective value.

    Posted by: Brian B. | May 17, 2012 5:49:49 PM

  14. I doubt that Rommney would pick this lying dirt back as is running mate.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 17, 2012 5:58:59 PM

  15. He lives in Florida. Enough said!

    Posted by: Oliver | May 17, 2012 6:05:41 PM

  16. @Carl... Yep... either that is a bad picture or his lies and deceit are catching up with him...

    Posted by: MikeH | May 17, 2012 6:17:52 PM

  17. And his opposition to it is a political calculation to attract his mouth-breathing voters. Bigoted shitbag.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | May 17, 2012 6:19:42 PM

  18. obama decides for political reasons to 'back' gay marriage and rubio is against it for religious reasons. well that sounds about right and what I would expect from either party these days.

    of course obama is doing it for political reasons - it's an election year and he can and will rake in plenty of money for it (he may alienate some groups a bit by his stance but who else are the black and latino communities etc going to vote for?)

    in a way there's no cost to obama in doing this - meaning he can't really do anything about the issue, as a majority of the States have already made gay marriage impossible by passing constitutional amendments.

    The Supremes are going to have to decide this some day, just like in brown vs. board of edu, no such thing as separate but equal. and just like with the sodomy laws. and that would strike down all the state constituional amendments too. marriage has to be for all.

    Posted by: michaelj72 | May 17, 2012 6:36:20 PM

  19. @MichaelJ72 - they could vote for neither and stay home, which wouldn't be good for Obama and might help Romney. I hope not though.

    Posted by: PJ | May 17, 2012 6:45:20 PM

  20. I find Rubio to be so despicable!

    It is a pity that so many people think he represents us latinos!

    Posted by: George F | May 17, 2012 6:50:21 PM

  21. The idea that Obama endorsed marriage equality to distract voters from the economy is complete hogwash and Rubio knows it.

    And, no, Markus he and Obama do not have the same answer. One supports marriage equality, one does not. Go back to ex-gay camp.

    @MichaelJ72: Actually, if Obama is reelected, he can do quite a bit about the issue. He can appoint SC justices. His DOJ can continue to be on our side in DOMA cases. He can continue to use his bully pulpit on the issue. He can support The Respect for Marriage Act. If Republicans are elected, they can also do quite a bit on the issue--and by quite a bit I mean set back the inevitable as far as they can.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 17, 2012 7:00:13 PM

  22. It seems to me Obama came out in favour of gay marriage for a political reason - to turn the point of the wedge right back into the Republicans. Our position against our greatest enemies has perhaps already flipped and the rabid homophobes are now the ones who are socially abhorant. Obama is now going to wedge us between the socially conservative Rep.s and the social moderates. Good for him. It is probably the right time to do it. I don't mind being used to tear apart the Rep.s for a change. It looks to me, because of this response, like the Rep.s think so too.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 17, 2012 8:04:48 PM

  23. And if Romney picks him as veep, it will be solely for 1 political reason. To get the Hispanic vote!

    Posted by: Lucifer | May 17, 2012 8:17:08 PM

  24. It just proves we were lied to yet again by Obama. When he was elected into office he believed in marriage between a man and a woman.
    I am a woman…and I do not lust after other women. What gender would I have to be to lust after other women. Certainly not a woman. I am a woman and I know for a fact we don’t lust after other women. So either I am not normal or they are not normal. I have a gay friend that has an identical brother who is not gay, so he admits he was not born that way. Ted Bundy was born without a conscience, was he normal? I think not. It is an un-natural lifestyle and personally I do not want to share a public restroom with a gay woman no more than I would like a man to walk in. They need their own restrooms. Smokers must feel their civil rights are violated because there are designated areas for them to smoke away from nonsmokers, it is not natural to inhale smoke up the lungs, but it is legal and they have the right to smoke, just do it away from the nonsmokers. We have these things into place to protect the normal balances of society.

    Posted by: Judy | May 17, 2012 9:35:22 PM

  25. @Judy
    You came on a little strong. Next time try not to be so obvious about your trolling.

    Posted by: Logan | May 17, 2012 10:30:56 PM

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