Rubio: No constitutional right to ‘gay’ marriage

By WND Staff


GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio believes there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

“It doesn’t exist,” he told David Brody of “The Brody File” in Des Moines Iowa this weekend. “There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. There isn’t such a right. You have to have a ridiculous, absurd reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex. There is no such constitutional right. Can a state decide to change their laws? Yes, but only through the political process.”

Rubio has said he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a choice for most.

“I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people,” he said during a “Face the Nation” interview with Bob Schieffer. “The bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.”

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But Rubio has never endorsed homosexual marriage.

Politico reported, “In a speech on family values at the Catholic University of America in Washington, Rubio lamented the backlash that companies like Chick-fil-A and Mozilla often face when their executives express public support for keeping marriage between a man and woman. He said that supporting that definition doesn’t make someone ‘anti-gay’ but rather ‘pro-traditional marriage.'”

“There is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance of those who continue to support traditional marriage,” he said. “Even before this speech is over, I’ll be attacked as a hater or bigot. Or someone who’s anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman, is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage.”

Rubio reminded the audience President Obama was among those who didn’t support same-sex marriage – at least publicly – until the months leading up to his re-election.

“If support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election,” he said.

In his Brody File interview, Rubio concluded, “They [advocates of same-sex marriage] want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters. It’s very simple. This is not a policy against anyone. I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman.”

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