Florida’s top elected Republican, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, is urging Florida state Attorney General Pam Bondi to continue appealing a court decision that cleared the way for the same-sex marriages to began in the state this week.
Unfortunately for Mr. Rubio, Bondi has already petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court which denied her request last month to delay same-sex marriages in the Sunshine State.
“I do not believe that there is a U.S. Constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” Rubio told Florida reporters Wednesday afternoon. “Now as I’ve said before, states have a right to change their laws. I don’t believe it’s unconstitutional. I just don’t believe there’s a constitutional right to it.
“States have always defined marriage in the laws and if a state wants to change its marriage laws, it should do so by petitioning their elected representatives in the legislature, and in the case of Florida, by placing on the ballot a question on the issue,” he continued. “I’m against it. I don’t agree with it. But we’re in a democracy and people can debate those issues and ultimately it will be decided through that process.”
Tampa Bay Times adds:
“Thousands of years of human history have taught us that the ideal setting for children to grow up in is with a mother and a father committed to each other, living together and sharing the responsibility of raising their children. It is for this reason and this reason alone that I continue to believe marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. It is neither my place nor my intention to dictate to anyone who they are allowed to love or live with.”
While acknowledging changing public opinion, he added: “The trend that I will not accept, however, is the growing attitude that belief in traditional marriage equates to bigotry and hatred. Just as California has a right to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, Florida has a right to define it as one man and one woman.”
Miami New Times writer Tim Elfrink breaks down Marco Rubio’s comments:
Allowing same-sex couples to wed doesn’t “redefine” anything, because it doesn’t preclude straight people from getting married. But that’s exactly what Marco wants to do for tens of thousands of normal, loving gay people in his home state.
That is bigotry, Senator, and if it’s not exactly hatred, it certainly doesn’t discourage it.
Good luck selling that book, Marco.
It’s time to stop drinking that haterade Mr. Rubio!