Connect With Us


Sen Marco Rubio Makes It Clear- He Opposes All LGBT Rights

Sen. Marco Rubio at 2010 C-PAC (photo by Gage Skidmore)

Sen. Marco Rubio at 2010 C-PAC (photo by Gage Skidmore)

It should not be surprising that Senator Marco Rubio is, pretty much, a homophobe. Rubio has made it clear that he welcomes the ability of federal government to break up LGBT binational families, and that he welcomes the ability of companies to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual.

Rubio has, again, threatened to walk away from the immigration reform bill that he helped to create if there are any immigration benefits in it for LGBT binational couples. Rubio said on the Andrea Tantaros Show “If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done. I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.”

Senator Patrick Leahy has promised to bring forth an amendment to grant LGBT binatoinals the ability for the American-national to sponsor their foreign-born partner into the country.

Rubio has not made any remarks regarding the amendment in the House of Representatives that would prioritize the deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants in the US over the deportation of convicted criminals here illegally, nor has he made such a big stink about the attempts by his own Party to scuttle the bill by delaying the bill’s implementation until after the border is secured, which is expected to take at least a decade.

The issue of LGBT binationals could be moot if the Defense of Marriage Act’s prohibition on federal recognition of same-sex couples is rendered unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. That ruling is expected sometime in the next two weeks.

Rubio has, apparently, been trying to set himself up for a potential GOP presidential run in 2016. ThinkProgress talked to him ahead of the Faith and Freedom Forum and asked about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Not surprising for someone who wants to run for the GOP candidacy, Rubio is not willing to support LGBT workers claiming that “I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.”

Perhaps Rubio should give up his ‘special protections’ as it use to be legal to fire someone like him because of the color of his skin.

Here is the exchange from ThinkProgress:

KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you’ll be supporting that?

RUBIO: I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.

KEYES: What about on race or gender?

RUBIO: Well that’s established law.

KEYES: But not for sexual orientation?

Rubio use to be lauded for taking a moderate tone on LGBT rights, but lately he has been shifting to a very bigoted stance on the issue, which likely means he is going to try to run for President in 2016.



Share This Post

4 Responses to Sen Marco Rubio Makes It Clear- He Opposes All LGBT Rights

  1. Pingback: “EXCLUSIVE: Rubio Says It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay” « GoodOleWoody's Blog and Website

  2. Pat Carbonell

    June 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Something else to consider in Sen. Rubio’s anti-LGBT stance is that he is a Hispanic male… and the mystique of machismo is deeply ingrained in those cultures. It has been a substantial stumbling block in efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in Hispanic communities; the young men refuse to use contraception or to permit their girlfriends to use it, as fathering children is part of the measure of a “man”. It has been much harder for Hispanic men to come out within their communities; they are virtually shunned by everyone, including their families, who see a gay son as a failure of the father to raise a true “man”.

    Yes, the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality is a factor also, but not nearly as important as the cultural expectations of “manhood”.

    But let the Republicans pin their hopes on Rubio. He won’t be able to deliver the Hispanic vote. He is Cubano, which means his family was privileged when they arrived here. There wasn’t any back-breaking labor in the fields or sweat shops. He has nothing in common with Hispanics from Mexico and Latin America. That will count for far more than his stance on LGBT rights. But let the old white men who run the party delude themselves – they probably don’t even understand that there are different “flavors” of Hispanic.

    For example, my grandfather was a white Puerto Rican and my grandmother, while born in Chile, was the child of Castilian Spaniards. I am technically Hispanic, but I was not raised within a Hispanic culture. I do not consider myself Hispanic; I am an American mutt, whose cultural upbringing was Brooklyn NY.

  3. Pingback: Rubio says it should be legal to fire someone for being gay - Syndicated News Services

  4. todd H.

    June 14, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Rubio has clearly demonstrated without any question that he is biased and prejudice — a fairly impressive trait considering his race in general has experienced plenty of bias throughout history… you would think this aspect as it relates to his background, that he would grow from such common experience of his heritage.

    Rubio has clearly drawn a line in the sand toward a group of people that throughout history have been constantly ridiculed, criminalized, tortured, and killed, because of their genetic inherit traits and this is just wrong… and we deserve better, more reasoned, more intellectually mature leaders than this.

    Think about this the next time you vote.

    There has always been and always will be 4% of the population born gay… it’s genetics, it’s the way the world is… nothing is ever going to change that. It is a part of life, part of the human experience, whether one likes it or not.

    This segment of the population should have the exact same rights as everyone else, to live fulfilling, happy lives with the same benefits society gives everyone else. That’s the issue here.
    It’s that simple.

    Yet, the current generation of Republicans in general, fight against any attempt toward greater equalization of people’s rights — like decades past, their have been plenty of measures taken to EQUALIZE people’s rights, starting from slavery… to the rights of woman, during the 1920′s era.

    It’s important to look past your prejudices and see the view from the other side… to step in another person’s shoes and see the world as they see it.

    Plenty of people find the thought of gay people to be repulsive, immoral, against the teaching of religion, and so on.

    Just to take one of those points and relate it to something else, one could just as easily be repulsed by the thought of sexual relations between “old people”… “Wow, that’s a disgusting thought” or of people of other or mixed ethnicities. Could it be justified legally to deny rights of these people, as well ? That’s the issue here. It’s that simple.

    As for religion condemning gay people, so much of the “religious view” of life is from one to two thousand years ago, when the world held a much more dogmatic view of everything under the sun and despite most of the more dogmatic views having fallen away to our more civilized modern life, there’s still plenty that remains…

    But to get back the point, 4% of the population is gay and always will be… it’s genetics, it’s the way life is, not the self-serving world’s views of life of centuries past…

    And this segment of the population should have the same norms and same benefits that are so common to everyone else.