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Marco Rubio Offers Keynote Speech on Morality to Anti-Gay Florida Group: VIDEO



Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave the keynote speech at the virulently anti-gay group Florida Family Policy Council over the weekend, as Towleroad reported earlier this month.

RubioThe AP reports:

"The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It's everybody's business," Rubio said to applause at the Florida Family Policy Council fundraising dinner. "The debate we should be having isn't whether or not we have a right to talk about values and morals in the public square, the debate we should be having instead is which values and morals our nation should focus on." ...

The dinner was raising money for the group that led the petition drive to put a gay marriage ban on the state ballot. The constitutional amendment was approved by voters in 2008. Videos shown before and after Rubio spoke showed its president, John Stemberger, speaking against gay marriage, gay scout masters and allowing people who have had sex changes to teach in schools.

Watch part of Rubio's speech about God, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What a horrible way to spend an evening, listening to hateful tripe while eating rubber chicken. Do these people even pretend to be honest any longer?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Nov 18, 2013 9:23:30 AM

  2. The true debate should be whether we even have rights and who should be in charge of policing them and taking them away as it suits their own personally selected morals and judgment.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 18, 2013 9:32:20 AM

  3. Does anybody else find it hilarious that a politician speechifies about MORALITY?

    None of them got where they are without spending some quality time in bed with Satan.

    Posted by: JoyZeeBoy | Nov 18, 2013 9:40:17 AM

  4. Yup. Morality as a business. That's the GOP/Bagger platform. Always has been. Please.

    Posted by: Geoff | Nov 18, 2013 9:57:20 AM

  5. "God is everywhere, At Every Time"? So it is really strange that he is nowhere in our constitution.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Nov 18, 2013 9:58:02 AM

  6. Is it 'moral' to run around changing your religion from one cult to another? Then back again? That doesn't sound 'moral' to me.

    Posted by: Juck Feebus | Nov 18, 2013 10:03:21 AM

  7. When it comes to morality, people should mind their own business and stop spending all their time worrying about what other people do. You cannot legislate morality.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 18, 2013 10:12:13 AM

  8. I agree that morality is definitely the business of public policy and government. After all, the people who vote officials into office make moral judgments all the time through ballot initiatives and by voting for/against candidates. The market of ideas is about moral judgments and values and who persuades the most number of voters and officials that their judgments are correct. Government reflects the enactment of specific values and world views. I welcome the debate about values.

    Posted by: Luke | Nov 18, 2013 10:20:53 AM

  9. @ Luke: the chief value that seems to be enshrined in our Constitution is that of equality. Over time, those who were not straight white wealthy men have had to prevail upon those in power that this idea of equality applies to all of us who are not straight white wealthy men. And STILL the republicans trip on that idea every step of the way. I too welcome such a debate. I welcome a renaissance of the idea of equality. Most of all, I welcome EXCISING SECTARIAN IDEAS AROUND "VALUES" FROM OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PRACTICE and returning to the founding fathers' abhorrence of priestcraft.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Nov 18, 2013 10:55:00 AM

  10. Well, obviously truth telling is not on the top of their "moral values" list.

    Posted by: john patrick | Nov 18, 2013 11:22:00 AM

  11. Marco Rubio lo que tiene que hacer es dejar de hablar tanta mierda si no quiere terminar vendiendo churros en hialeah

    Posted by: xael | Nov 18, 2013 11:48:39 AM

  12. Marco Rubio lo que tiene que hacer es dejar de hablar tanta mierda si no quiere terminar vendiendo churros en hialeah

    Posted by: xael | Nov 18, 2013 11:48:39 AM

  13. Marco Rubio: the Sarah Palin of Florida, opinionated and bigoted.

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 18, 2013 11:49:27 AM

  14. @LUKE Spoken like a true RNC-sucking Tea Batty. And, no, morality is NOT the business of public policy and government because legislating morality is subjective and not objective. Especially those laws that are passed which try to regulate the behavior of informed, consenting adults and what they do in private.

    As for Marco Rubio, the saddest thing is we are witnessing a very conflicted, deeply-closeted and insincere man, bound to the reactionary politics of the morally-decadent Cuban exile community that dominates politics in Florida, who does not believe in any of the cliched platitudes that he utters.

    Marco Rubio says what he says because it is expected of him and because he desperately seeks an acceptance by the very people who would reject him outright if they knew the truth. Such are the building blocks of that particular brand of vile, Republican demagoguery.

    Posted by: @jamal49 | Nov 18, 2013 11:49:52 AM

  15. catholic turned mormon then turned catholic again. ugh.

    Posted by: woody | Nov 18, 2013 11:52:27 AM

  16. Bigotry doesn't make you "moral"--it makes you a contender for the seventh ring of hell. You're anti-Christian, anti-human, anti-moral...another case of Republicans being 180 degrees from the truth.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Nov 18, 2013 12:21:49 PM

  17. Eh, which god is everywhere ?
    The Father God , The Son God, The Holy Ghost God , Apollo God, Artemis God, Athena,...
    and what about all the humans who became Gods, just like Jesus, Alexander, Achilles , whether he existed or not....

    As for morality.....just keep your putrifractive Florida hands off mine.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 18, 2013 1:39:43 PM

  18. He should practice Santeria like Desi Arnaz.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 18, 2013 1:48:18 PM

    The Church could not decide whether the Son is the same as the Father in Trinity. It led to a lot of arguments, councils and even schisms within the Roman Church in the Middle Ages.
    All ado about nothing. Just an indication how petty and stupid these people are.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 18, 2013 2:24:43 PM

  20. The only thing I think to say is that this man has NO place in American politics.Period!

    Posted by: Mike Beard | Nov 18, 2013 2:48:33 PM

  21. Marcio Rubin is a joke, and he doesn't even know it. He's like the non-Canadian version of Ted Cruz.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 18, 2013 4:10:59 PM

  22. And yet many of you want to give citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens in this country who kneel before the pope and kiss his ring.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 18, 2013 4:28:05 PM

  23. Well, ENDORADO, you just gave yourself away. You're David Hagatha Hearne (a creation of Rick). Immigration...excuse me, non-White/Anglo immigration is your issue.

    I am truly curious--why do you change posting names?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 18, 2013 4:34:00 PM

  24. Derrick- Because I can, and because on this site it's hard to know when you are being moderated and when the POS site is acting up. BTW- I am not nor have I ever been Rick. Now please tell us why you keep posting under other people's names.

    Posted by: Rotundra | Nov 18, 2013 10:17:59 PM

  25. Wasn't Rubio's grandfather and other
    relatives in this country illegally according to some reports I read a year or two ago? Is that what he calls "Family Values and Morality?". This guy is such a tool - I hope he goes away.

    Posted by: jovincent | Nov 18, 2013 11:49:54 PM

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