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

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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."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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. 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.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jun 13, 2013 11:01:25 PM


  2. You have to admit that Andy Towle spends a lot of his bandwidth criticizing those who are not in the White House. Andy, your slip is showing.

    Posted by: jason | Jun 13, 2013 11:16:11 PM


  3. 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."

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 13, 2013 11:21:09 PM


  4. 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."

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 13, 2013 11:21:10 PM


  5. 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!

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 13, 2013 11:24:17 PM


  6. 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!

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 13, 2013 11:24:17 PM


  7. Rubio seems weirdly determined to follow the current Republican Party into oblivion. Get that boy another glass of water before he self-destructs!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 13, 2013 11:25:24 PM


  8. @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?

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 13, 2013 11:30:16 PM


  9. "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?

    Posted by: paul | Jun 13, 2013 11:30:17 PM


  10. Andy Towle has a mostly hands-off approach to Obama which does not serve the interests of our community.

    Posted by: jason | Jun 13, 2013 11:42:10 PM


  11. MarkBoston: Spoken like Whitey Bolger. Classy Boston...

    Posted by: gb | Jun 13, 2013 11:52:05 PM


  12. 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!

    Posted by: Tejada | Jun 13, 2013 11:54:58 PM


  13. 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.

    Posted by: Jake | Jun 13, 2013 11:57:28 PM


  14. 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.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 14, 2013 12:01:58 AM


  15. 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.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 14, 2013 12:03:51 AM


  16. bastard

    Posted by: willy | Jun 14, 2013 12:11:38 AM


  17. 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.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jun 14, 2013 12:20:27 AM


  18. @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.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 14, 2013 12:40:26 AM


  19. @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.

    Posted by: to pedro | Jun 14, 2013 12:51:26 AM


  20. Republicans being Republicans. You can always bet on them doing he opposite of good.

    Posted by: mike | Jun 14, 2013 3:41:17 AM


  21. 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.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 14, 2013 4:10:47 AM


  22. 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!

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jun 14, 2013 4:47:29 AM


  23. 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!!

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 14, 2013 7:29:34 AM


  24. 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.)

    Posted by: danielle | Jun 14, 2013 7:43:19 AM


  25. I will wait for the demise of his political career, and then I will rejoice. What a pathetic human being.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 14, 2013 8:35:25 AM


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