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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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2016 GOP Hopefuls Line Up to Defend Indiana's Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The leading GOP contenders for the 2016 White House race have spoken out about Indiana's new "religious freedom" law and the #BoycottIndiana backlash - with all candidates supporting the law to varying degrees.

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GOP 2016 Hopefuls Punt on Alabama Gay Marriage Questions

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While Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's pageantry plays out over the gay marriage fight in his state, Politico notes a number of likely GOP 2016 contenders are choosing to sit this one out.

When pressed on the fight in the Deep South state, where the chief justice has ordered county officials to ignore a federal court ruling permitting same-sex marriages, likely GOP 2016 contenders reached by POLITICO or interviewed elsewhere have largely tried to sidestep specifics.

Even some of the most conservative hopefuls prefer instead to talk more broadly about federalism and states’ rights, comments that come as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right applicable nationwide.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s answer is a typical example: “The problem is, I just don’t know the details of what arguments they are using” in Alabama, he said, adding that while he has “always believed that marriage has always been defined by states and regulated by states and should continue to be,” he would respect the Supreme Court decision.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is pushing a constitutional amendment to require that the federal government defer to the states on same-sex marriage, also avoided discussing the particulars of the Alabama case. “My view is that marriage is a question for the states,” he said.

CarsonPolitico adds the one notable exception was Dr. Ben Carson (right), who defended Moore's obstructionist efforts and said Moore "understands the importance of preserving states’ rights in the modern post-Civil War world in which we live."

The article also goes on to point out how other contenders like Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are addressing the Alabama question and the wider issue of a likely future where nationwide marriage equality is the law of the land. 

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