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Rachel Maddow Attempts to Unscramble Marco Rubio and Rand Paul's Positions on Gay Rights: VIDEO

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With the 2016 presidential campaign underway, Rachel Maddow this week took a look at the media frenzy surrounding the declared candidates and the GOP's tightrope walk on issues like gay rights. 

Said Maddow:

"One happy byproduct of, one benefit of the frenzy is getting to see them invent new lines for themselves to tiptoe down as they try on the spot to invent reasonable sounding, anti-gay policy positions that accomplish this neat trick of not turning off the vast majority of the country by seeming too much like a homophobe but also seeming aggressively anti-gay enough to be electable inside the super anti-gay Republican base bubble."

Later, Maddow chatted with former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about the culture war's role on the GOP side and the various campaign trail "trap door" questions that await candidates on both sides of the aisle. 

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Marco Rubio Says He'd Attend a Gay Family Member's Wedding Despite Disagreeing With the 'Choice They've Made' - VIDEO

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Presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has said that although being gay is a choice, he would attend the same-sex marriage of a family member, reports Fusion.

In a wide-ranging interview which also took in immigration reform, climate change and Cuba, Rubio said that although he believes in “traditional” marriage, he would not refuse to attend a family member's same-sex wedding “because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.”

Rubio added that although he is against marriage equality, he would encourage people  to petition their state on the issue:

“I would point out that we live in a free society. If people want to change the definition of marriage, they should petition their state legislature, and they can have that debate in the political arena. Who I don’t think should be redefining marriage is the court system.”

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Earlier this week, CNN's Jake Tapper called Rubio "the candidate of yesterday" because of his views on gay marriage.

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Jon Stewart Looks at Marco Rubio's Unfortunate Upstaging by Hillary's Burrito Bowl: VIDEO

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The first day of Marco Rubio's campaign might have been the main story making news yesterday were it not for Hillary Clinton's covert visit to Chipotle.

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Jake Tapper Explains to Marco Rubio That He's the 'Candidate of Yesterday' on Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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GOP presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday and Tapper confronted him with the numbers on same-sex marriage.

Said Tapper: "You are casting yourself as a candidate of a new generation, but there is an issue where you are very out of step with younger voters...On that issue, same-sex marriage, Senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday."

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In related news:

"Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters on Tuesday that he has never supported a national constitutional amendment banning gay marriage despite his general opposition to such unions, preferring to leave the issue to the states. But a 2010 voter guide from a leading social conservative group (the Christian Coalition) indicates he supported such an amendment as recently as 2010 and a spokeswoman for the organization told msnbc they stand by their account."

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Marco Rubio Talks 'Religious Freedom' and Gay Marriage with NPR

GOP presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  sat down with NPR's Steve Inskeep yesterday and the topic of "religious freedom" bills and gay marriage came up.

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NPR's INSKEEP: Let me ask about a domestic issue. In recent weeks, the state of Indiana passed a Religious Freedom law, which was interpreted by many as discrimination, by others, as protection for people who don't want to take part in gay marriage. You defended the law and spoke about the hypothetical example of a florist who was asked to participate in a gay marriage and wanted to refuse. You said that person should have the right to follow their religious beliefs. Indiana, though, has since changed the law. Do you still support that concept?

SEN. RUBIO: Well, to be fair, I haven't read the change in detail to give you an opinion on it specifically, but I'll tell you where I stand. I don't believe you can discriminate against people. So I don't believe it's right for a florist to say, I'm not going to provide you flowers because you're gay. I think there's a difference between not providing services to a person because of their identity, who they are or who they love, and saying, I'm not going to participate in an event, a same-sex wedding, because that violates my religious beliefs. There's a distinction between those two things. So, certainly, you can't not — it's immoral and wrong to say, I'm not going to allow someone who's gay or lesbian to use my restaurant, stay in my hotel, or provide photography service to them because they're gay. The difference here is, we're not talking about discriminating against a person because of who they are, we're talking about someone who's saying — what I'm talking about, anyway, is someone who's saying, I just don't want to participate as a vendor for an event, a specific event that violates the tenets of my faith.

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WATCH LIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is announcing his entry into the 2016 presidential race in Miami.

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