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Senator Marco Rubio Says if Gay Inclusion is 'Central Issue' in Immigration Reform, it Will Make Things More Difficult: VIDEO


Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke with Buzzfeed's Ben Smith on Tuesday night during a wide-ranging 'Buzzfeed Brews' interview and one of the topics that came up was gay inclusion in immigration reform, CNN reports:

Asked Tuesday whether same-sex couples should be covered in any immigration package, Rubio said the group hadn't discussed the "pros and the cons of it."

"I can tell you this," he continued. "This issue is so complicated. The immigration issue has so many landmines and pitfalls that it's going to be hard enough to do, as is. I think if that issue becomes a central issue in the debate, it's just going to make it harder to get it done because there's going to be a lot of strong feelings about it on both sides."

Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, added he "respects peoples' views" and is "willing to listen to anyone's arguments" but reiterated, "I hope that doesn't become the central issue of this debate."

"I imagine that issue will eventually be confronted," he later added.

The subject, however, is already gaining traction. On Tuesday, the president met with a number of labor and progressive groups at the White House, including an LGBT organization called "Immigration Equality." Also Tuesday, a group of 16 House members, including two Republicans, re-introduced the "Uniting American Families Act," a bill that would allow gay and lesbian Americans to sponsor permanent partners for legal residency.

Rubio also said that he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman but that ultimately it's a states' rights decision.

Watch the full Buzzfeed interview with Rubio, AFTER THE JUMP...

The question about gay issues comes around 8:00.

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  1. Um no, the Demcrats have their foot on the GOP's neck because the GOP NEED this bill to succeed.

    So I think Rubio and McCain would sign it even it granted a pathway to citizenship for Genghis Khan.

    We must hold Senate Democrats to account for this. This bill is a crucial pillar in the fight for LGBT equality under federal law.

    Posted by: ryansson | Feb 6, 2013 7:48:27 AM

  2. "States' Rights" = "we should be allowed to screw over any damned minority we want"

    Posted by: Rich F. | Feb 6, 2013 7:51:57 AM

  3. If you make the laws apply to everyone, then being gay will not become a central issue. How simple it all is, but the GOP once again refuses to see it.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 6, 2013 7:54:01 AM

  4. Its actually the GOP that are making this issue central to the debate.....they are using it as a reason to not vote for this...they dont want to appear that they hate latinos...but are perfectly happy to still prove they hate gays. God they are so tired.

    Posted by: paul | Feb 6, 2013 8:28:36 AM

  5. I agree with all above about the tired hateful GOP, especially the "States' Rights" canard -- since when are States allowed to make people citizens of the U.S.? It's Federal pure and simple, as is federal income tax, which is why DOMA also will not survive.

    The federal government does have a reason to exist, as it represents the COUNTRY, you tea-bagging dummies!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 6, 2013 8:49:01 AM

  6. Let's hope one-time Mormon Marco Rubio, who looked so ridiculously short next to Mitt Romney that he couldn't be considered as a vice-presidential candidate, gets his ass kicked back to Sarah Palin oblivion sooner rather than later. Most of us have stopped listening.

    People of Florida wake up!

    Posted by: Fahd | Feb 6, 2013 9:21:13 AM

  7. He's showing himself to be another dinosaur in the GOP... The poor must be thinking, "yeah, I'm with John McCain on this???"

    It ain't the Primary, Marco. If you ever want a latin vote outside of Florida, you better figure this one out fast.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Feb 6, 2013 9:35:35 AM

  8. This pathetic TeaBagger is touted as a possible Presidential Candidate in 2016? If the GOP allow this, they deserve to be sent the way of the dinosaur (which they sort of do anyhow).... if we EVER, EVER have a TeaBagger President, we are all f*cked... no way can we allow that to happen.

    Posted by: CKNJ | Feb 6, 2013 9:41:06 AM

  9. Gee, what a shocker. Far right fringe Republican Tea Partier doesn't want to deal with gay rights. I'm speechless.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 6, 2013 9:48:53 AM

  10. Ryansson, Rubio and McCain aren't being asked to "sign" anything. They're not the President. They're Senators whose votes are needed.

    More significantly, I think you underestimate the Republican resistance to reform. While it may be true that Republicans in states with large Latino populations and Republicans with 2016 Presidential aspirations see political benefit in having a comprehensive immigration reform bill passed, there are still plenty, plenty of Republicans in the House (King, Gohmert, Foxx, Bachmann, etc., etc.) opposed to any reform and others who might be open to some reform but for whom LGBT inclusion in a bill could be a non-starter. Some of these House members are far less concerned about how their party does in the 2016 Presidential election than they are about making sure that they are not primaried from the right in their conservative congressional districts.

    Posted by: Patric | Feb 6, 2013 9:57:39 AM

  11. Once a neanderthal always a neanderthal

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2013 10:03:01 AM

  12. With all the optimistic talk about immigration reform, there are so many ways that real reform can be torpedoed in the House, that so-called 'gay inclusion' would only amount to another convenient excuse. Rubio's a dinosaur and has a limited political future. And yes, he's too short to be President.

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 6, 2013 10:06:54 AM

  13. Btw, you can be assured that Log Cabin Republicans and similar losers will be sure to point to statements like this as evidence that Rubio is a "moderate" Republican. Sadly, by Republican standards, the neanderthal actually is.

    Posted by: Patric | Feb 6, 2013 10:32:43 AM

  14. Here's two solutions, Marco:

    1. End completely the unfair advantage that Cubans have by abolishing the automatic grant of asylum and residency whenever a Cuban national steps foot on American soil.

    2. Make marriage equality federal law, giving same-sex couples the same rights under federal residency laws that heterosexual couples have.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 6, 2013 10:35:10 AM

  15. The Republicans were destroyed in the last election -- which would have been an easy win for a mainstream opposition party -- because of not only their position on immigration, but also LGBT issues.

    They're WAY out of the mainstream.

    If immigration reform fails because the GOP marches to the hard right once again, the electorate will punish them once again.

    The GOP is pushing immigration reform because they're hoping to try and return to a mainstream position of electability that they lost over the last two election cycles. But an anti-gay effort -- overt or covert -- will keep them out of the mainstream regardless of what they do otherwise.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 6, 2013 11:06:42 AM

  16. Rubio has his eye on a White House bid in 2016. We have to make sure he doesn't think it is okay to walk over us LGBT people to get there. Remember this is a guy who said that he didn't know how old the earth is in order to appease his right wing fundamentalist Christian base.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2013 11:34:23 AM

  17. Making gay spouses equal to others under immigration law is really the only issue that Congress needs to address. There is absolutely no reason to grant amnesty to the illegals or open the floodgates to new citizens who will prove to be an environmental, economic, and cultural disaster to America. This country is full. Deport the illegal aliens, close the border to all but the most desirable immigrants, and stop chain migration.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 6, 2013 2:02:49 PM

  18. Oh David, your such an enlightened individual aren't you? Do you think we are stupid and aren't on to your tea bag trolling? Quit pretending you are a gay man. It's insulting.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 6, 2013 2:51:02 PM

  19. Betty - amen. he's so transparent. this site needs a sock-puppet deactivator.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 2:56:53 PM

  20. David Hearne, sit down and shut the hell up.

    Thank you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 6, 2013 3:25:56 PM

  21. Wasn't Rubio born in Cuba? I thought that was part of his official biography. If so, he can't run for President.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 6, 2013 4:02:31 PM

  22. @Caliban: Marco Rubio was born in Florida in 1971. His parents emigrated from Cuba in 1956. He use to lie about his family emigration story saying that they fled from Castro's Cuba in 1959 when in fact they had come to the U.S. several years before the Castro take over.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2013 5:37:29 PM

  23. As a matter of completeness, there are plenty of non-Latinos who will be subject to this legislation - especially Asians.

    @David Hearne: Unless you came over on the Mayflower, someone in power has thought you fell into at least one of the problem categories you listed.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Feb 6, 2013 5:45:38 PM

  24. Why are closeted homos like Marco Rubio always trying to trample on gay rights? Every time this man opens his mouth a purse falls out and my gaydar goes on overdrive. The only reason to support him is we may then indeed have our first gay president.

    Posted by: Gestly | Feb 6, 2013 5:54:28 PM

  25. I think your gaydar is in need of repair. Marco Rubio has been married to his wife Jeanette for 15 years and they have four children. You should try to overcome gay stereotypes: "every time this man opens his mouth a purse falls out" What the f*ck does that mean? Gay men are effeminate?

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2013 6:53:49 PM

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