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Senator Marco Rubio Accuses Marriage Equality Activists Of Intolerance


In what should be regarded a part of a years-long run-up for his inevitable U.S. presidential campaign, Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio proved his conservative credentials in a speech he made at Catholic University in Washington on Wednesday.

During the speech, Rubio parroted the conservative talking points of how opposing same-sex marriage doesn’t make one anti-gay and how gays are “intolerant” toward people who support so-called “traditional marriage.”

MSNBC reports:

“I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage.”

Noting President Obama didn’t declare his support for gay marriage until 2012, Rubio said, “If support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before 2012 election.”

Of course Rubio's point about Obama is partly disingenuous both because Obama supported it back as early as 1996, and when he refused to support same-sex marriage earlier in his  presidency, marriage equality supporters repeatedly criticized him for it.

Soon, Rubio took a different conservative tack in his speech by acknowledging the actual existence of anti-LGBT discrimination. But he then continued in a conservative vein re-iterated the disproven notion that “the ideal setting for children to grow up is with a mother and father,” adding that heterosexual parenting “deserves to be elevated in our laws.”

MSNBC has more from Rubio:

“There was once a time when our federal government not only banned the hiring of gay employers, it required contractors to identify and fire them,” Rubio said. “Some laws prohibited gays from being served in bars and restaurants and many cities carried out law enforcement efforts targeting gay Americans.”

Rubio also acknowledged that many gay couples “feel humiliated by the law’s failure to recognize their relationship as a marriage." ... He said he respected those arguments as well as the rights of states to recognize same sex unions...

“Those who support same sex marriage have a right to lobby their state legislatures to change state laws,” he said. “But Americans who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have a right to work to keep the traditional definition of marriage in our laws without seeing that overturned by a judge.”

Rubio opposes LGBT employment protections, has offered similar speeches for virulently anti-gay groups like Florida Family Policy Council, a group whose leader warned of rampant sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts now that they allow gay members.

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  1. The dems just need to cut commercials from this


    Marco rubio state of the union rebuttal & water incident. He is toast

    Posted by: saywhat | Jul 24, 2014 9:45:22 PM

  2. Rubio's a loser. Hopefully, we won't be paying his salary come 2017.

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 24, 2014 9:50:36 PM

  3. There are a couple of dogs in my neighborhood that bark non stop when they're outside - I consider them about as credible.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Jul 24, 2014 9:51:32 PM

  4. Let me make fulfill his prophecy: Marco Rubio is a hater and a bigot and is anti-gay.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 24, 2014 9:56:41 PM

  5. Even before 2012 (and after 1996), Obama's position was more complex and nuanced than Rubio (or many others) give him credit for. Although he said he didn't favor legalizing same-sex marriages, he opposed enshrining those prohibitions in the U.S. Constitution. He wanted to repeal DOMA in its entirety (while other candidates only wanted to repeal Section 3 that allowed the Federal government to ignore same-sex marriages in states that allowed for it). He opposed Prop. 8 (despite the fact that Prop. 8 proponents falsely claimed otherwise), and opposed other state same-sex marriage bans after 2008. So though he was not advocating making it legal before 2012, he was very vocal about not wanting it to be illegal. Some might say, "What's the difference?" But I see a huge difference in both intent and effect.

    Posted by: Icarus | Jul 24, 2014 9:57:42 PM

  6. Whine all you want Rubio but you won't be President and you are a bigot. Denying any American citizen equality pegs you as a bigot. We will run bigots out of this country. Pack your bags.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 24, 2014 10:01:56 PM

  7. His "logic" is bit convoluted but here goes: gays have a right to resent laws that blatantly discriminate against their relationships, as long as they don't utilize the judicial or political systems to overturn those laws. Heterosexuality should be elevated to an "exceptional" status that will forever reign supreme in our government.

    Posted by: tad | Jul 24, 2014 10:13:45 PM

  8. Shame on you for charging people who want you to be treated as second class citizens as bigots. They aren't bigots, they are just entitled to better and happier and more fulfilling lives than you are. It's not as though they treat you any differently than they do Blacks or migrants.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Jul 24, 2014 10:17:52 PM

  9. So, LGBT people shouldn't be able to go to the courts to protect their rights -- but Republicans should be able to go to the courts to strip the rights of people away from having access to basic health services.

    Have they ever spent a second thinking about themselves?

    Posted by: R | Jul 24, 2014 11:16:19 PM

  10. Supporting traditional marriage has become Newspeak for opposing marriages that are not traditional. The two are not the same and we should call people on it.

    Posted by: Rich-SD | Jul 24, 2014 11:24:39 PM

  11. Rubio is the proud owner of a very inflated ego. He thinks he has all the answers because he was a smart child. Unfortunately he lacks the ability to relate to others that are not as exceedingly "smart" as he is.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jul 24, 2014 11:43:31 PM

  12. and the Klan has every right to lobby against equal protection for racial minorities

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 24, 2014 11:50:26 PM

  13. As a minority, he is in the wrong party. A lot of Ricks in that party will not vote for him even he has the right ideology. He simply doesn't have national appeal. In the past presidential elections, minority candidates dropped out quite early in the Republican primaries. This idiot can dream on and spill the same nonsense that pro-white is not the same as anti-latino.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 25, 2014 12:11:19 AM

  14. The right playing the victim card. It's what they're good at.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 25, 2014 12:42:32 AM

  15. So it's not anti-gay to support a definition of marriage which is explicitly excludes gay people? Interesting how that illogic works. Rubio is in the first class of jackasses in the national Republican party.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jul 25, 2014 1:08:50 AM

  16. According to eight years of Republican squawking, Rubio is not eligible to hold the office of President: neither of his parents were citizens when he was born. So either the GOP have been lying their collective behinds off for nearly a decade about the definition of "natural born citizen," or Rubio is forbidden from holding the offices of President or Vice-President.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Jul 25, 2014 1:29:24 AM

  17. Rubio needs to be re-deported back to say...1940s South Texas to understand what real bigotry and discrimination against Latinos was. Then perhaps he'd have a little empahty towards LGBTs. As it stands, Rubio has done everything possible in his life to distance himself from authentic Latin culture. That is, until he had the idea that it might be politically advantageous for him to repackage himself as Conservative Latino Republican. He converted from Catholicism to Mormonism, then left Mormonism to become Southern Baptist and finally back to Catholicism, though he still attends a Souther Baptist Congregation. His Spanish is atrocious, as bad as Mitt Romney's. He's such a fraud and a huckster, trying to be all things to all people (Anglo today, Latino tomorrow, Mormon yesterday, Catholic the day before, and Southern Baptist this morning, and Catholic this afternoon) that he himself has no idea who he is, or what he is, or what he stands for. He attacks LGBTs for defending themselves against bigoted politicians like himself who would deny citizens their rights for political gain. You do not want that fight, Marco Rubio, because we will deport your half-and-half a.s.s. straight to the banana republic where you were conceived.

    Posted by: Guero | Jul 25, 2014 1:29:48 AM

  18. "WAAH! We can't legally fire anyone for being gay! Why won't you tolerate our bigotry!? WAAH!"

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jul 25, 2014 1:33:31 AM

  19. As an employer, I wish I didn't have to actually hire free people. I believe in the tradition of slavery. Why can't I own slaves anymore?

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 25, 2014 1:34:55 AM

  20. Tolerance of discrimination is called "enabling".

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 25, 2014 6:34:24 AM

  21. He's a "traditional" Republican in that he's trying to build a coalition of bigots. He also has the traditional "pretty boy" looks that Republicans favor so much. They are not big on substance, just appearances.

    I've never thought of him as particularly bright, just ambitious to a fault. Can you imagine a Republican ticket with Rubio and Paul Ryan? We survived Bush/Cheney but I don't think the economy could survive those two in the White House.

    Posted by: james street james | Jul 25, 2014 6:44:22 AM

  22. Rubio is putting on weight and losing hair.

    Posted by: petey | Jul 25, 2014 6:57:05 AM

  23. I accuse him of idiotims.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 25, 2014 7:38:35 AM

  24. Hate is love; slavery is freedom; intolerance is tolerance. It sounds just like 1984.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 25, 2014 8:01:53 AM

  25. they must work under a different definition of tolerance than I was taught.

    I'm very tolerant of their religion whether I agree or disagree - not my place to judge their spuriously held deep beliefs. I'm tolerant of things I don't agree with - I can change the channel, close my door, put on my headphones and follow the laws of the land which are there for everyone of all religions or those of no religion as this is not a theocracy.

    Intolerance is when you go the next step of coming into my house and forcing your beliefs on me, taking away my options and ability to be tolerant.

    Not only are you a bigot, anti-gay (despite your religious claims), in-tolerant (look it up)- looking thru your lens of sin - you are quite guilty of many more than I am.

    Posted by: Hank NYC | Jul 25, 2014 8:09:41 AM

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