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Marco Rubio at CPAC: Denying Gays the Right to Marry 'Does Not Make Me a Bigot' - VIDEO


Florida Senator Marco Rubio spoke at CPAC Thursday afternoon, Think Progress reports:

I respect people who disagree with me on certain things, but that means they have to respect me too. Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe that life, all human life, all life, all human life is worth of protection in every stage of its development doesn’t make you a chauvinist. In fact, the people who are actually close minded in American politics are people who love to preach about the certainty of science in regard to our climate, but ignore the absolute fact that life begins at conception.


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  1. No, it makes him a heterosupremacist and a misogynist.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Mar 14, 2013 2:26:02 PM

  2. No Senator Rubio, it does make you a bigot as well as short-sighted and shallow.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Mar 14, 2013 2:27:41 PM

  3. No Senator Rubio, it does make you a bigot as well as short-sighted and shallow.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Mar 14, 2013 2:27:41 PM

  4. He'd be a bigot if he didn't approve of interracial marriage, so let's take it from there. Yep, he's a bigot.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 14, 2013 2:31:39 PM

  5. According to the Bible, life begins when the fully formed body takes its first breath.

    And yes, it does make you a bigot to deny innocent Americans the same liberties every other American has just because they are biologically attracted to the same gender.

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Mar 14, 2013 2:33:29 PM

  6. It surely makes him an a**hole, if nothing else.

    Posted by: hugo | Mar 14, 2013 2:34:15 PM

  7. Yes,you can have your opinion but it's a bigoted one.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Mar 14, 2013 2:38:22 PM

  8. behold - the intellectually stunted attempt at thinking that passes for Republican Logic.

    we respect all life, until that life Comes Out or is found Out to be LGBT. then the respect ends.

    oh, speaking of respect, "you need to respect my inherently disrespectful opinions of you" is nonsense.


    No, it's not intolerant of me to not tolerate your intolerance.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 14, 2013 2:38:23 PM

  9. And grabbing that water bottle didn't make you look like a fool.

    Posted by: Tengo Sed | Mar 14, 2013 2:41:28 PM

  10. And this is the great hope for the Republican party?

    A bigot, is a bigot. He should drink more water. I'll keep him from opening his mouth.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 14, 2013 2:41:42 PM

  11. Where was he hiding the bottle of water this time?

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 14, 2013 2:41:56 PM

  12. Marco, If you have to stress that you are not a bigot, you are a bigot.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 14, 2013 2:43:34 PM

  13. they like to protect life, but they go to war and kill people there...

    they like to protect life, but they allow guns to go unregulated....

    they like to protect life, but think that healthcare should not be a right for every one...

    they like to protect life, at every stage, but let seniors and the disabled perish by a shrinking medicare system...

    they like to protect life, but they r okay with the death penalty...

    they like to protect life, but rather keep orphans in group homes and foster care instead of letting them be adopted by a loving LGBTQ person or people...

    they can afford to think this way, because they can afford not to be in any one of these situations...

    Posted by: V-8 | Mar 14, 2013 2:44:56 PM

  14. He's just pretending to be for states rights on gay marriage anyway. His official party position, which he definitely supports, is anti -states rights, as they want to prohibit all states from offering their gay citizens marriage rights. Republicans should have dropped DOMA as an egregious violation of states rights, and fought for the right to discriminate on a state by state basis. They'd look more consistent and more modern, while still "protecting" their Southern base from the horrors of gay marriage.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 14, 2013 2:45:12 PM

  15. No we don't have to respect religious fanatics and creationists. He thinks just because his opinion is based on religion it has to be respected.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 14, 2013 2:48:41 PM

  16. YES !! it does

    Posted by: seniceguy | Mar 14, 2013 2:50:11 PM

  17. @ V-8 Agree 1000%!!!

    Posted by: Will | Mar 14, 2013 2:54:49 PM

  18. I don't respect anyone who seeks to make me a second-class citizen. And apparently Rubio believes in such hierarchies across the board. He respects all life, but inchoate life supersedes a fully-formed sentient existing life, i.e. a collection of parasitic cells with the potential of being a viable separate organism someday is far more important than the actual woman that houses. Because, well woman are notoriously horrible at make decisions about their own bodies.

    And gays are allowed to exist in Marco Rubio's America as long as they don't rock the boat, or even show themselves in public. Separate but unequal. Papers please, Dorothy.

    His attacks on science and logic are all over the place trying to defend this outmoded party line. And he wants respect? When he grows a brain and lands in the 21st Century, maybe.

    Posted by: Bollux | Mar 14, 2013 2:54:58 PM

  19. V-8: Right on.

    The man's a bigot all right. And woefully uneducated.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Mar 14, 2013 2:58:04 PM

  20. Bigot !!!!

    Posted by: Rob West | Mar 14, 2013 2:58:11 PM

  21. Most of the opposition to inter-racial marriage, that led to state laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage, was based on religious beliefs that were attributed to the Bible. So..... does that mean that someone who opposed (opposes) inter-racial marriage based on his/her Biblical belief is not a bigot?

    Sorry, you ARE a bigot. If you want to say that you have a right to be a bigot based on your religious beliefs, you can say that. But it doesn't make you any less of a bigot.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Mar 14, 2013 3:03:58 PM

  22. The 180 degree defense. Bully becomes hoo, boo hoo. Stop denying me my rights and I'll stop referring to you as a God's honest true bigot...butcha are, Blanche.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 14, 2013 3:06:57 PM

  23. Sorry, Marco. Life begins when you're born. And, yes, being against marriage equality does make you a bigot because civil marriage is a civil right for consenting adults.

    Marco, I've got an idea. Why don't you go away for a while, experience life, get yourself together and come back when you've grown up.

    Otherwise, sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 14, 2013 3:07:02 PM

  24. Denying a Black man the right to eat at the restaurant of his choice does not make me a bigot. Denying a White man and a Black woman the right to marry does not make me a bigot. Denying a woman the right to have a line of credit does not make me a bigot. SHUT THE HELL UP YOU BIGOT!

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 14, 2013 3:08:39 PM

  25. V-8: You put it in a nutshell.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 14, 2013 3:09:19 PM

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