Rubio says there is no constitutional right to gay ‘marriage’—but his staff is meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Yesterday, Supreme Court justices debated whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex "marriage" in America. But according to Florida Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio, such a right "doesn't exist."
"There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage," Rubio told The 700 Club's David Brody. "There isn’t such a right. You have to have a ridiculous reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex."
Rubio's comments came just days ahead of the Supreme Court hearing over whether four states can continue to have laws supporting marriage. The senator also said that states can "decide to change their laws....but only through the political process," not by a judicially imposed fiat.
Rubio also delved into the issue of religious liberty, telling Brody that activists who seek to redefine marriage “want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters."
"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,” the first-term senator from Florida said.
Rubio spoke to Brody in Iowa, where social issues tend to galvanize Republicans during the first-in-the-nation caucuses. But there may be more to Rubio's views on marriage than meets the eye.
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His comments came just days after the executive director of the influential, pro-gay "marriage" group Log Cabin Republicans told Reuters that quarterly meetings "going back some time" have been held with Rubio's staff. Gregory Angelo did clarify that Rubio had never attended the meetings, though he said that Rubio is "not as adamantly opposed to all things LGBT as some of his statements suggest."
Rubio said last week as that he would attend the homosexual "wedding" of a gay loved one. On Sunday, Rubio said that he believed "that sexual preference is something that people are born with," as opposed to being a choice.
A Roman Catholic, Rubio has consistently said that marriage is between a man and a woman, but that the matter should be left to the states.