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.