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  1. Wayne says

    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.

  2. Maguitac says

    @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.

  3. pedro says

    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?

  4. Chadd says

    @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.

  5. jason says

    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.

  6. pedro says

    @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.

  7. bambinoitaliano says

    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.

  8. Kenneth says

    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.

  9. gr8guyca says

    “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”.

  10. JONES says

    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.

  11. Icebloo says

    So the next election needs to come quickly before Marco Rubio’s hair recedes any more.

    But we also have Chris Christie hoping he can lose more weight with his bypass surgery before the next election.

    America will not vote for a fatty or a guy with receding hair. Sorry but that’s just the way it is. Americans are superficial.

  12. Polyboy says

    And jason, you spend a lot of time demonstrating you have no idea how this country’s government functions.

    You’re idiocy is constantly on display. Pay attention to the congressional debate instead of jacking around for another way to type “Obama.”

  13. Polyboy says

    And jason, you spend a lot of time demonstrating you have no idea how this country’s government functions.

    You’re idiocy is constantly on display. Pay attention to the congressional debate instead of jacking around for another way to type “Obama.”

  14. Mary says

    I’m disappointed in Marco Rubio. I guess he realizes that it will take the Republican party a while to change and that he can’t afford to appear pro-gay if he wants a chance at 2016. But he will probably change this position as the culture shifts and more Republcans come to accept gay rights.

    And yes that opposiion to “special” rights is a rhetorical trick. If straight people got fired for being straight you can better believe they’d want their rights protected and wouldn’t refer to them as “special.” When was the last time a gay couple threw their son or daughter out of the house for being straight? The last time a person had to think “I’d like to tell them I’m straight, but I don’t know if they’ll be accepting?”…….I better stop now. I’m starting to sound like Little Kiwi!

  15. Mary says

    I’m disappointed in Marco Rubio. I guess he realizes that it will take the Republican party a while to change and that he can’t afford to appear pro-gay if he wants a chance at 2016. But he will probably change this position as the culture shifts and more Republcans come to accept gay rights.

    And yes that opposiion to “special” rights is a rhetorical trick. If straight people got fired for being straight you can better believe they’d want their rights protected and wouldn’t refer to them as “special.” When was the last time a gay couple threw their son or daughter out of the house for being straight? The last time a person had to think “I’d like to tell them I’m straight, but I don’t know if they’ll be accepting?”…….I better stop now. I’m starting to sound like Little Kiwi!

  16. JONES says

    @jason
    And your fixation on criticism of the White House in an article about Rubio is still obvious deflection. Too painful to see one of your own ilk reveal how much he loathes you?

  17. paul says

    “this is already a difficult issue enough as it is”… really? isn’t that what you’re there for? to be principled and take the lead on the difficult issues?

  18. Tejada says

    No special protections based on orientation, he says, but it’s all fine and dandy to receive special treatment with regards to immigration if you’re a Cuban immigrant! How ironic!

  19. Jake says

    That is true about Towle and Obama. He’s still feeling the effects of the Kool-Aid. He’s a bit too reverent. Historians will tell him where he was off base. Towle is one issue. Country be damned.

  20. JONES says

    And once again … what is your position on the subject matter of this story, Marco Rubio’s anti gay stance on ENDA & immigration reform?

    You’re doing a disservice to the interests of the gay community with your constant belittling of Obama.

  21. Kevin says

    You won’t hear anything from Log Cabin Republicans or what’s left of GoProud because most of them are rich and only care about lining their pockets more,the rest of the LGBT community who aren’t as lucky be damned.

  22. SoLeftImRight says

    This man is nearly ready to replace Paul Ryan as the most disgusting moron acting as a public face for the Republicans. Not quite there, but this is pretty disgusting. Come on, Florida, surely you can do better than this.

  23. JONES says

    @Jake
    You must enjoy being your Party’s bit*h.
    You constantly beg for Republican acceptance only to be told at every public opportunity by Rubio and his ilk how much they loathe you so to ease that hurt you come here and trash talk Obama and Andy Towle, while never once responding to the actual subject matter of the thread. You must be used to the taste of Republican boots by now.

    What history will show is how asinine and self destructive gay Republicans were during the struggle for LGBTQ equality.

  24. to pedro says

    @pedro – people (including me) bring up the race of “out of touch white guys” all the time, including when they talk about things like abortion and how pregnancy can’t be caused by rape, other gender issues, social things like how more blacks than whites are poor and on food stamps, and in this case homophobia.

    in rubio’s case, his race is completely consequential here. in the case of “out of touch white guys”, the criticism is they live in a country where there is still a huge amount of white privilege and advantage. so they should wake the f up and try and show some empathy about how the non privileged classes are treated.

    in his case, he lives in a country where PLENTY of people still refer to cubans and hispanics as spics, wetbacks, rafters, take your pick. so as someone who has surely at some point had to have known what that is like, one *might* expect him to show a little more empathy.

    but he doesn’t.

    for the record, i’m white, gay and i definitely think being white still gives one many advantages and privileges and advantages that are completely undeserved.

  25. alex says

    This is actually a good thing for Democrats. Gay marriage is too wrapped up in religion. But, many Republican voters would be troubled with a candidate saying that gay people shouldn’t have the right to work.

  26. millerbeach says

    PLEASE! Someone keep a live mic on this douchbag until 2016! Him and Sarah…they can have AAAAALLLLLLL the airtime they want. It’s sure to be entertaining. Just keep opening that magically stupid pie hole of yours…it’s another nail in your coffin and another gold star for our girl, Hillary! Thanks, Mario, for helping the undecided! You are doing a really great deed for Hillary!

  27. Gigi says

    Rubio doesn’t want “special protections” for LGBT people. Aren’t they special circumstances under which LGBT people are being fired? Is it legal to fire someone for being straight? No. So why do they have special protections?

    Rubio is their Great Hope? Good luck!!

  28. danielle says

    The “great white hopes” of the Republicans are Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: scary that these two are the best they can come up with.

    The Republican party is intellectually dead. They worship Ayn Rand, who was a successful novelist, a second-rate philosopher and a failed economist.

    (Just ask Alan Greenspan who once sat at Ayn’s knee but smartened up when he grew up.)

  29. johnny says

    @Nik: Your use of the term “fag” gives bigots the right to call us that while they’re bashing us – figuratively or literally.

    If we call each other fag and think it’s OK, then we can’t complain when others call us fag.

    IMO, people that bandy about that term most likely think it’s OK to call black people n*gger.

  30. Bob R says

    @pedro: people bring up Rubio’s Cuban heritage because he has the audacity to talk about people getting “special treatment” or getting “special protections” when as a Cuban immigrant (or child of Cuban immigrants) he and his family have received special privileges and treatment provided to NO other immigrant group in America. That makes him a special for of hypocrite.

    Personally, I find Rubio to be a liar, a fraud and a reprehensible dolt. He’s one of the kings of the pig people that now infest the GOP, a malignancy on the nation’s body politic. It is Cubans like Rubio that made Fidel Castro possible.

    Rubio is a foolish man. He plays to an ever shrinking audience. He will never be president. He will never be vice president. He is a tool of the white GOP establishment, one of their token “house Latinos” and little more.

    I lived and worked in Miami for well over 30 years. I know the conservative Cuban Republican mentality. Politically, they are treacherous and duplicitous people, whether Republican or the rare Democrat (ask Al Gore about Alex Penelas). They also consider themselves as uber-Latinos, a cut above all other Hispanics culturally and socially. A very arrogant people.

  31. Bob R says

    @pedro: people bring up Rubio’s Cuban heritage because he has the audacity to talk about people getting “special treatment” or getting “special protections” when as a Cuban immigrant (or child of Cuban immigrants) he and his family have received special privileges and treatment provided to NO other immigrant group in America. That makes him a special for of hypocrite.

    Personally, I find Rubio to be a liar, a fraud and a reprehensible dolt. He’s one of the kings of the pig people that now infest the GOP, a malignancy on the nation’s body politic. It is Cubans like Rubio that made Fidel Castro possible.

    Rubio is a foolish man. He plays to an ever shrinking audience. He will never be president. He will never be vice president. He is a tool of the white GOP establishment, one of their token “house Latinos” and little more.

    I lived and worked in Miami for well over 30 years. I know the conservative Cuban Republican mentality. Politically, they are treacherous and duplicitous people, whether Republican or the rare Democrat (ask Al Gore about Alex Penelas). They also consider themselves as uber-Latinos, a cut above all other Hispanics culturally and socially. A very arrogant people.

  32. BobN says

    Why the headline isn’t “Rubio calls for universal worker protections for all Americans”, I don’t know. Can you imagine him trying to weasel out of that one. It sounds so socialist!!

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