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Marco Rubio: It Should Be Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay: VIDEO


Think Progress caught up with Senator Marco Rubio today in an elevator at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum and asked him about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Said Rubio:

"I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation."


It was the second fail on LGBT civil rights for Rubio in 24 hours.

Earlier, he said he's finished with the immigration bill if it includes gay couples:

"If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show. "I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."

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  1. Disgusting !!

    Posted by: Teehee | Jun 13, 2013 9:14:26 PM

  2. so, lets hear from gay republicans twist themselves up trying to spin this as anything other than it is.

    Posted by: ian | Jun 13, 2013 9:15:21 PM

  3. The gay republicans have talked about this before; calling this protection of employers.

    Posted by: Teehee | Jun 13, 2013 9:31:43 PM

  4. And this is why republicans will slowly fade away into the history books. They will not evolve with the rest of the country and people will see them clearly as a hate group.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 13, 2013 9:34:59 PM

  5. @Ian, the FLogged Cabin Republicans will do no such thing. Many Republicans have stated much worse and offensive homophobic opinions in the past 18 months, than what Rubio is stating lately.

    Anyone would have by now gotten the message after being refused by their own party attendance to CPAC, but not the Flogged ones. They keep begging for more, and causing the LGBT community more harm than help.

    Posted by: Maguitac | Jun 13, 2013 9:35:02 PM

  6. Let's hope he just decimated his political career.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jun 13, 2013 9:35:07 PM

  7. What is it with republicans from Florida?

    Are they all gay?

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jun 13, 2013 9:36:14 PM

  8. Just how current non-discrimation laws give "special rights" to women and minorities. Right.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Jun 13, 2013 9:37:45 PM

  9. Vile...

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 13, 2013 9:43:14 PM

  10. Post the Youtube on your Facebook if you want everyone you know to see this Cuban Heel for what he is.

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 13, 2013 9:47:35 PM

  11. Is this the Republicans new "bigger, more inclusive party"?

    Posted by: CB | Jun 13, 2013 9:49:04 PM

  12. Why does his Cuban heritage have to be brought up. Criticize him for his politics...his ethnicity should be inconsequential. Why do you guys bring up the race of minority homophobes and not white ones?

    Posted by: pedro | Jun 13, 2013 9:53:41 PM

  13. @pedro. I think people bring it up because there was a time in this country where a Latino (and other races) could be denied employment for no other reason than being Latino. So Sen Rubio fails to see the irony in his statements and people bring up his heritage as a way to point out his hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 13, 2013 9:59:37 PM

  14. Memo to Andy Towle: Rubio is not the President. You need to focus your ire on those who have the power to pass ENDA but who have failed us - ie Obama and the Democrats.

    Posted by: jason | Jun 13, 2013 10:02:28 PM

  15. @Jason...you do understand how the U.S legislative system works right? Obama cannot make law...he just signs the legislation that congress passes. Even if he did an executive order the next Republican president would overturn it ( not to mention how the teabaggers would cry bloody murder and accuse Obama of overreach). It is the Republicans in the house and senate that are keeping ENDA from passing.

    Posted by: pedro | Jun 13, 2013 10:09:51 PM

  16. It should also be legal to fire a bigot supposedly representing the people of the state or nation. It's one thing to run on a certain platform, once elected you do not get to pick and choose which community you like and dislike.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jun 13, 2013 10:10:23 PM

  17. I can't wait to hear how self-loathing fags like Rick and Ratbastard defend this.

    Posted by: Nik | Jun 13, 2013 10:19:12 PM

  18. No special protections based on orientations, yet only the exclusive straight orientation has the marriage protections.

    Posted by: Teehee | Jun 13, 2013 10:19:32 PM

  19. Typical anti-gay Latino...and it's ironic they would be anti-anything considering all the people that don't like them.

    Posted by: Pig | Jun 13, 2013 10:20:43 PM

  20. So, jason
    Snark at Obama and the Dems but no comment on Rubio?
    Deflection much?

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 13, 2013 10:20:53 PM

  21. I will be voting third party if Rubio is the nominee. Anti-LGBT Republicans should be phased out.

    Posted by: thinktank79 | Jun 13, 2013 10:23:58 PM

  22. So, thinktank, you mean any republican that has his/her party's support right? Because, the very few republicans who aren't anti-lgbt, and I do mean VERY FEW, will never have their party's support to run for anything significant.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Jun 13, 2013 10:30:19 PM

  23. "I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation."

    This is such an oxymoron. "All Americans" but not really ALL Americans.

    Or, as Orwell wrote, ""All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jun 13, 2013 10:30:31 PM

  24. He just declared war on us ... it's time we take him out .

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Jun 13, 2013 10:43:18 PM

  25. This has been the GOP meme on LGBT discrimination for a long time.
    By falsely labeling sexual orientation a 'special' protection the analogy is that we're asking for 'special' rights as in above and beyond regular rights.

    What it really is in fact is special protection for bigoted employers to legally discriminate against LGBTQ. This is the same special exemption for religious organizations to legally discriminate taken to the public business sector.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 13, 2013 10:45:05 PM

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