Republican Marco Rubio has insisted he doesn’t think it makes him a “bigot” to plan to overturn thousands of existing same-sex marriages.
US Senator and Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio was once considered a moderate in his party, but has tacked right hard in recent months on LGBT issues, claiming that God’s law “trumps” the Supreme Court on equal marriage.
Rubio recently outlined plans to demand a Supreme Court ‘do-over’ on same-sex marriage after rigging the court with new right-leaning justices, potentially voiding thousands of existing marriages.
He has also pledged to repeal Barack Obama’s landmark Executive Order outlawing homophobic and transphobic discrimination among federal contractors – the only federal law that currently protects workers from being sacked for being gay or trans.
Despite this, during the Presidential debate over the weekend, Rubio insisted he isn’t a “bigot” just because he wants to systematically dismantle LGBT rights.
He was asked about the party’s rift with young Republicans on social issues such as same-sex marriage – which are now finding favour with the party’s younger members.
Rubio said: “First of all, I don’t believe that believing in traditional marriage the way I do makes you a bigot or a hater.
“It means that you believe that this institution that’s been around for millenial is an important cornerstone of society.
“I respect people that believe differently. But I believe deeply, that marriage should be between one man and one woman.”