Rubio: Gay rights amendment would 'kill' immigration bill
June 13th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio: Gay rights amendment would 'kill' immigration bill

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio flatly stated Thursday that he'll vote against his own immigration bill if it ends up including rights for gay and lesbian couples.

"If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm gone. I'm off it," he said. "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."

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont proposed such legislation this week, filing an amendment that would require the government to recognize same-sex marriages in which one spouse is an American.

"Seeking equal protection under our laws for the LGBT community is the right thing to do," Leahy said in a statement announcing the measure.

It's unclear whether the Senate will vote on the amendment, but the proposal virtually has no chance of winning the 60 votes almost certainly needed to clear the 100-member chamber.

The senator first proposed the legislation when the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the bill last month. With vigorous opposition from some Republicans and some Democrats saying they wouldn't support the amendment, Leahy ultimately withheld his proposal.

Rubio, who made his comments Thursday on a conservative radio show hosted by Andrea Tantaros, also warned that he'd withdraw support from the bill if the final version lacks tougher border security provisions–a refrain he has consistently pushed in recent days.

"If the border situation is not improved in this bill, this bill won't pass," he said. "It won't pass the Senate, and it has no chance in the House. It won't become a law. We're wasting our time."


Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio • Pat Leahy • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ed1

    Along with a host of other things in the bill.

    June 13, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. just sayin

    i've sadi all along... the democrats have no intention of passing an immigration bill because they need this issue for their political lives. hispanics are the new blacks of the democrat party. people to be used for policitcal gain.

    June 13, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Good, then kill it.

    No more "separate but equal" ('cept, not really equal) Federal laws. No more DOMAs, no more DADTs. Immigrants are people, too. Right ... RUBIO?

    June 13, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Peoples State of Illinois

    Rightly so. This bill is a waste of time. We don't have an immigration law issue. Our laws are just fine. We have an immigration "enforcement" issue

    June 13, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. 82ndABNVET

    Well by his standards then, the bill is dead now. No true border enforcement measures, just that there will be a PLAN. A plan doesnt stop them from comming over.

    Secure the border first. Then we can talk about "legalizing" them.

    June 13, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Senator, let it rest for now. Call Rubio's bluff. Make him show his love. Make him conjure up another excuse. You'll get another opportunity to introduce that piece of legislation.

    June 13, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Apparently, Rubio has finally settled on his excuse for backing out on immigration reform, and it'll be two birds for one stone: he gets to alienate the Hispanic community AND the gay community all at once!

    OUTREACH!

    June 13, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Hate to agree with the anchor baby, but he's right. This has no bearing on immigration.

    June 13, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    That bill is dead, either way. it is going no where.

    June 13, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Thomas

    What about gay Cuban's ?

    Do they count ?

    June 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. rs

    Hey Rubio, you need to filibuster your own bill. Merely voting against it merely makes you look dumb, filibustering it makes you look really stupid!

    June 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. talldarkfree

    Well Rubio – you JUST put your foot in your perverbial mouth! So much for your chances of POTUS! Thanks Sen. Leahy for pushing him to the right. LGBT Community – next up is Kentucky Idiot Paul, and NJ Gov Christie to fall in the river....

    June 13, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. rs

    In a way, Rubio's position is a brilliant "two-fer". Not only can he lose Hispanic votes, but he can lose Gay votes as well!

    June 13, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm gone. I'm off it," he said."

    Well, OK, then. Buh bye, Marco.

    June 13, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. rs

    just sayin

    i've sadi all along... the democrats have no intention of passing an immigration bill because they need this issue for their political lives. hispanics are the new blacks of the democrat party. people to be used for policitcal gain.
    __________________
    Ummmm, your realize Rubio is a Republican, right? You realize it will be the Republican filibuster, or the GOP/TP troll vote in the House which will kill Immigration reform, right?

    No- you guys own this failure.

    June 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Hate to agree with the anchor baby, but he's right. This has no bearing on immigration."

    Really? Provisions in an immigration reform bill that would ensure that gay married couples are treated in exactly the same way as breeder married couples in terms of immigration status...that has "no bearing on immigration"? Interesting.

    June 13, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    Hate to agree with the anchor baby, but he's right. This has no bearing on immigration.
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    Aye. Why give Rubio a life line? He painted himself into a corner, now let him wallow in it.

    June 13, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Laverne

    ...and his guy thinks he can be POTUS in 2016! You got to be kidding me, he is going nowhere fast and will learn that the hard way!

    June 13, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Shorter Rubio: "I hate me some gays."

    June 13, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Sen. Rubio may be surprised by the long-term political effect of his strong position against the LGBT community.

    June 13, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Way to stick it to your compadres Marco. Coward!

    June 13, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    Hate to agree with the anchor baby, but he's right. This has no bearing on immigration.
    ----–
    Aye. Why give Rubio a life line? He painted himself into a corner, now let him wallow in it.
    ***************************
    Why should he or anyone else be wallowing in it? Both sides have crass political motives with this legislation, which does not negate the fact that its one of the few truly bipartisan attempts at legislating in years. Its a pity that both sides are chossing to kill a good piece of legislation because they are more interested in playing to their bases ( again) than in attempting to resolve a problem.

    June 13, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "Hate to agree with the anchor baby, but he's right. This has no bearing on immigration."

    Really? Provisions in an immigration reform bill that would ensure that gay married couples are treated in exactly the same way as breeder married couples in terms of immigration status...that has "no bearing on immigration"? Interesting.
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    No, not yet. Now is not the time. Wait on it. Let Rubio finish walking his plank. Don't throw him any life lines.

    June 13, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. truth hurts but reality bites

    If the Democrats want to add an amendment for gays then the Republicans should add one for a balanced budget amendment. That has as much to do with immigration as gays does.

    June 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Steveo

    Let each bill stand on its own!

    June 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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