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posted Friday, December 25, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 52
I'm not a bigot; I just want to roll back Gay rights, Marco Rubio says
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I'm not a bigot; I just want to roll back Gay rights, Marco Rubio says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a TV interview Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio denied he is an anti-Gay bigot but repeated his call to roll back LGBT rights.

'Increasingly, Americans feel out of place, because it seems like the people who have access to power and influence win, and everybody else is left on the outside looking in,' Rubio told CBS's Face the Nation on December 20.

'People who hold traditional values are often described as bigots and haters. Everybody on the left [calls them that] if you do not support their definition of marriage.

'Certainly the President has on occasion said that people who don't support same-sex marriage are wrong... but I've been called a bigot for not supporting the definition of marriage.

'I have been called that before, in fact this very week. I've been called anti-Latino... it's a standard operating practice.'

In previous interviews Rubio has said that he would appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would reverse the high court's historic Obergefell ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

'It is the current law. I don't believe any case law is settled law. Any future Supreme Court can change it,' he told NBC's Meet the Press on December 6.

'And ultimately, I will appoint Supreme Court justices that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed.'

'If you want to change the definition of marriage, then you need to go to state legislatures and get them to change it,' Rubio added. 'Because states have always defined marriage.

'And that's why some people get married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator. And in Florida, you have to wait a couple days when you get your permit.

'Every state has different marriage laws. But I do not believe that the court system was the right way to do it.'

Earlier this year, Rubio told Meet the Press that businesses should be exempted from nondiscrimination requirements when serving Gay and Lesbian couples.

Rubio's vocal opposition to LGBT rights is not something new but goes back years, to the start of his national political career.

In 2011, the first year he served in the U.S. Senate, Rubio praised DOMA as a law that 'protects one of our most sacred institutions.'

That same year he recorded a robocall against marriage equality for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), saying that federal courts should defer to voters on marriage rights.

NOM returned the favor by praising Rubio on their blog, calling him a 'real marriage champion.'

Rubio's hostility LGBT rights didn't end there. In 2013, he opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

'I'm not for any special protections based on orientation,' he said.

At one point, Rubio even threatened to vote against his own immigration bill if it protected the rights of binational same-sex couples.

'It kills the bill,' he said of a possible amendment seeking to protect LGBT immigrants. 'I'm gone. I'm off it.'

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