2016 (VP?) hopeful, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wants to work both sides of the street. In Washington D.C. last Thursday, the Southern Baptist Convention’s
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Catholic
University of America hosted a forum at which Rubio gave a speech. According to Rubio:

We should acknowledge that our history is marked by discrimination against gays and lesbians. There was once a time when our federal government not only banned the hiring of gay employees, it required private contractors to identify and fire them. Some laws prohibited gays from being served in bars and restaurants and many cities carried out law enforcement efforts targeting gay Americans.

But then:

Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since then. Many committed gay and
lesbian couples feel humiliated by the law’s failure to recognize their
relationship as a marriage and some argue that banning same-sex marriage
is discrimination. I respect their arguments and I
would concede that they pose a legitimate question … but there is another
side of this debate.


This [“traditional marriage”] is the definition of marriage that I personally support. Not because I seek to discriminate against people who love someone of the same sex. But because I believe that the union of one man and one woman is a special relationship that has proven to be of great benefit to our society, our nation and our people and therefore deserves to be elevated by our laws.

If Rubio really respects arguments supporting marriage equality, as he said,  then he is intellectually and morally obligated to offer a meaningful argument in opposition. He can state that he does not want to discriminate but that is precisely what he is doing. Rubio offers an intellectually dishonest argument about the “special relationship that has proven to be of great benefit to our society …” That may be but Rubio fails to explain how same-sex marriage somehow detracts from opposite-sex marriage. Furthermore he makes the presumption, absent evidence, that same-sex couples do not make a similar contribution to society.

Rubio cannot claim sympathy for LGBT Americans while, at the same time, inexplicably opposing marriage equality. Does he seek to conform to the values of the GOP, the Church or both? Either way it is clear that he has not come to a conclusion based on evidence. Both the GOP platform and the teachings of the Church are articles of faith.

This is the same guy who keynoted an event for the anti-gay hate group, Florida Family Policy Council. FFPC is behind the organization of the gay-free-Christian-only Boy Scouts of America alternative. The head of FFPC, John Stemberger, is an anti-gay bigot. It’s the company you keep Marco.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.