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."


  1. paul says

    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.

  2. say what says

    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

  3. says


    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.


  4. Brian B. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. NullNaught says

    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.

  8. Judy says

    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.

  9. Simon says

    1) Many people say ‘God hates gays’ and keep using the word ‘God’ not ‘Jesus’. The fact is Jesus Christ NEVER CONDEMNED HOMOSEXUALITY and Christ is the God for Christians. Some may then say God is the Father, but there’s no such religion of ‘Godian’ , ‘Fatherian’ or whatever. So for people to still believe ‘God hates gays’, either those people are taking GOP as ‘GOD’, (GOP are indeed one of the biggest bigots and of course the false ‘God’), or those religious nuts are worshiping a different ‘God’ other than Jesus. Either way homophobes bigots are not followers of Christ but ANTICHRIST rather as they share a different view of belief from Christ!

    2) To Christianity, they have to be followers of Christ and it’s clearly stated by Jesus that His top 2 commandments are above all other biblical laws and they should follow those. The top 2 commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. So again, religious nuts just like pharisees, are ANTICHRIST who are obsessed with all others nonsense religious laws which they put as higher importance to those of Jesus top commandments! Jesus condemned such religious nuts just as those pharisees.

  10. GeorgeM says

    Judy you have no gay friend, that was a lie. NO way a real gay person would call you friend. You are what’s wrong with this country, the upside is that gay rights will happen and you’ll have to deal with it. People like you should Never have a say

  11. NullNaught says

    This is pretty funny. You are a woman and you don’t lust after other women ( A fact I find hard to believe because you insist so strongly that you don’t I am sure you are protesting just a bit too much) therefore women don’t lust after other women… excepty those who do lust after other women of course… who must be unnatural because you are a woman and you don’t lust after…and around we go again!
    Fun carnival ride; very circular.
    I imagine you make yourself uncomfortable all the time worring about which other women who don’t lust after other women actually lust after other women. Good for you.

  12. STUPID SAYS WHAT? says

    Judy: as far as sharing a restroom with us disgusting gay people, believe me, sharing the world with you isn’t no picnic either! Do you think by sharing a toilet you are going to “catch the gay”? That shouldn’t be a problem because you anti-gay people always say we have the power to “choose” not to be gay, so if you catch it, just say no! Problem solved.

  13. Jay says

    @ Lucifer go back to hell nobody wants to hear your bigoted rant anyway.

    If any LGBT person ever thought Obama hadn’t supported the community, then you are deeply mistaken. Within the past 3.5 years he has ended DADT. Stated DOMA is unconstitutional and had the DOJ stop defending it in court, that is all he can do without congress passing a law. Signed an Executive order authorizing domestic partner benefits for federal employees, signed executive order allowing hospital visitation for domestic partners. I’m sure I’m missing a few other things. For Rubio to say he stated Homosexuals should be allowed to get married was for political reason is ridiculous for a couple reasons, there is strong hatred for the LGBT community in this country and the President stating what he said may actually loose him some votes, No President in history has ever stated it, and since Romney already stated he does not support LGBT rights in any way (NO CIVIL UNIONS, NO MARRIAGE, NO ADOPTION, opposed to anti-discrimination laws) its not like Obama was stealing votes from Romney.

  14. Bill Perdue says

    Rubio is a right wing piglet but most people agree that it was for political reasons.

    ABCNEWS Obama’s Gay Marriage Support Reflects Nation ” Obama’s Switch on Same-Sex Marriage Stirs Skepticism – Also troubling for the president, is that a majority of voters suspect that his decision was politically motivated. Sixty-seven percent said they thought Obama’s announcement was made “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.”

    NEW YORK TIMES may 14, 2012
    By PETER BAKER and DALIA SUSSMAN WASHINGTON — “Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.

    Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing. ”

    WASHINGTON TIMES 05 17 2012 “Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama are statistically tied with 43.6 percent and 43.2 percent support… But the sizable chunk of undecided voters — 13 percent — reflects a more volatile electorate than the last time an incumbent. … It’s tied. That’s pretty much where we are. The poll reveals what everybody feels,” Mr. Zogby said. “Back in 2004, which in so many ways was a similar kind of race, we were already at 47-47, 48-48, and those numbers hardly moved. But here we are, 44-44. Mr. Zogby said Mr. Obama is doing fine in most categories except young voters — those under 30 — with whom he only has a 5 percentage-point advantage over Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.
    National Journal 05 17 2012 “The Great Recession took a sledgehammer to young job-seekers. As a Rutgers University study released this week reported, only half — 51 percent — of college graduates since 2006 are employed full-time. Eleven percent of them, the study found, are unemployed — a figure well above the national rate of 8.1 percent. Another 12 percent are working part-time. Their hardship explains President Obama’s dilemma this November. The White House incumbent enjoyed the overwhelming enthusiasm of young voters in 2008… To do so, the Obama campaign might have to rely on a culturally oriented pitch, one that can tout the president’s support of same-sex marriage.”

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