Rubio decries ‘intolerance’ against same-sex marriage opponents
July 23rd, 2014
03:14 PM ET
4 months ago

Rubio decries ‘intolerance’ against same-sex marriage opponents

Washington (CNN) – Citing a “growing intolerance” against opponents of same-sex marriage, Sen. Marco Rubio argued that those who advocate same-sex marriage need to be more respectful of those who oppose it.

“Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It's pro-traditional marriage,” the Florida Republican said in a speech at Catholic University. “And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election.”

Rubio was referring to the President's decision in May 2012 to announce he backed same-sex marriage. He previously opposed the right for gay couples to legally wed, supporting civil unions instead.

Rubio acknowledged that the country's history is “marked by discrimination against gays and lesbian couples” and that many consider bans against same-sex marriage as an example of continued discrimination.

“I respect their argument, and I would concede that they pose a legitimate question for lawmakers and for society,” Rubio said.

But the potential 2016 presidential contender argued that those who oppose it should have just as much say in the debate. Civil dialogue will require respect from both sides, he argued, “because tolerance is a two way street.”

The senator, who was giving a speech on family values and morality, indicated he was clearly aware that people don’t accept his views.

“I promise you, before this speech is even over, I’ll be attacked as a hater, a bigot, someone who’s anti-gay,” he said. “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy.”

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. kglnyc

    I think we on the Left need to concede that the far Right in this country have bascially succeeded in twisting the meaning of "tolerance" into such a ludicrous contortion that the word has become socially and politically meaningless. Rubio and his ilk by definition want to write discriminatory laws that will discriminate who can marry who in their states [dis·crim·i·nate
    disˈkriməˌnāt/ verb
    1.
    recognize a distinction; differentiate.]
    Let's see how they can pervert that word.

    July 23, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Gary

    After the last 6 years, I don't believe any Republican should be talking or lecturing about respect.

    July 23, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Chris..E.al

    There is nothing holy about gay marriage stop trying to say it is a lie strait from hell . Just call it civil and be happy and just leave god out of it thats the least you can do is have respect for the creator of all things and his reproductive norms .

    July 23, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. R.Coombs

    I believe he just proved his point. I assume all of you intellectually sound members of society just realized that. Reading and listening skills may need a touch up.

    July 23, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Longtimer

    Rubio is an idiot. Should we be more respectful to racists? Should we be more respectful to the anti-Jewish (or anti-Catholic, or anti-Muslim) crowd? Should we be more tolerant of those who wish to take away our votes? Or maybe nice to those who would take control of our bodies? How about those shoving their religion, or their fake piety down our throats- be nice to them? What about the gun lunatics- let them stroll around Sears armed to the teeth, give them a howdy-doo too? Maybe he wants us to be more tolerant of rapists as well.

    Here's a hint Rubio- want more respect? Act like it.

    July 23, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. O'drama ya Mama

    Does that make people a bigot if they were against Hitlers bigotry of Jews?

    July 23, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    “Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay."

    Yes it is. BY DEFINITION it is anti-gay. This is just as much nonsense as saying "Supporting the right of business owners to refuse to serve black people is not racist" or "I don't hate gay people...I just don't think they're equal to me or deserve the same rights." He can play semantic games all he wants...I'll play them too...

    Let me quote Rubio himself from :

    "THE DEBATE IS ABOUT WHAT SOCIETY SHOULD TOLERATE" [and no, that's not out of context...it was the beginning of his statement and the rest of it goes on to attempt to justify why we shouldn't "tolerate" it]

    So by his own admission, Rubio's position is that society should not "tolerate" gay marriage. Seems he's the one who's "intolerant."

    BIGOT MEET MIRROR.

    July 23, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. rs

    The Real Tom Paine

    The Intolerant are demanding that people they in many cases despise practice tolerance towards them? Does anyone find this ironic?
    ___________________________
    It IS NOT ironic, it is the ravings of a deranged individual.

    July 23, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But the potential 2016 presidential contender argued that those who oppose it should have just as much say in the debate. Civil dialogue will require respect from both sides, he argued, “because tolerance is a two way street.”

    All the while advancing his own argument by calling Obama a bigot? Apparently that two way street of his shut down long before the first car was allowed through the gate.

    July 23, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Chris..E.al

    It should not be called marriage it is not holy matrimony ? Its just civil . There is nothing holy about Adam and Steve laid up .

    July 23, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @sonnie3
    What is wrong with standing up for traditional Marriage, as is the will of the Good Lord?
    -----------
    What is wrong with supporting conservative interpreted Christian marriage (definition of 'traditional' in this context)?
    Nothing wrong with it as a private citizen.
    Nothing wrong with it as a law maker (senator) in a Theocracy like Iran for example.
    LOTS WRONG with it as a law maker in the USA which is founded on equal liberty for all religions.
    How would you like a non-Christian law maker in the USA proposing laws in line with their own religion?

    July 23, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Liquidus Snake

    Wow, Marco "I'm Thirsty" Rubio calling for second class citizens and those who support equal status for LGBTs to be tolerant of those who to keep LGBTs as second class citizens all the while most of them are just calling LGBTs all kinds of names? Yeah, good call Rubio. Respect = Lost.

    July 23, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. antoniodelaossa

    What part of "equal protection under the law" don't you understand?

    July 23, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    sonnie3-How did you discern that only Traditional Marriage was the Will of the GOOD Lord ?

    July 23, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. just asking

    O'drama ya Mama
    To sum it up if you are a bigot towards gay marriage then I cant be a bigot towards your bigotry.
    ---

    and yet you voted for obama in 2008 who was a bigot towards gay marriage! my, my, my, how do you live with yourself?!

    July 23, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Longtimer

    The interesting problem really is that by saying we need to be more tolerant of those who would take away civil rights of others, the Right displays how unmercifully out of touch they are. When we look at what they seem to stand for: less civil rights, less voting rights, enforcing their beliefs on women, corporations are people or have religious beliefs, their whole rape-fixation thing, hatred for immigrants, blatant racism and more. Really? America should tolerate those things which are, by their very nature un-American?
    Where in the world is the logic in that? If the GOP is so out of touch that they need to be shamed into doing the right thing- that's their call. Shame and intolerance of their positions it is.

    July 23, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. PaulCat

    Of cause he had to bring Barack Obama's name into it.
    Is this the only way they can win an election?
    Just try for once speaking on a subject that will help our roads, middle class, etc.

    July 23, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    @Tone – You're welcome. Always keep the big picture in sight.

    July 23, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @Chris..E.al
    It should not be called marriage it is not holy matrimony ? Its just civil . There is nothing holy about Adam and Steve laid up .
    -----------
    As a liberal I agree that marriage is civil. Keep the "holy" interpretation out of my government, founded on freedom of all religions.
    “I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”
    ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799

    July 23, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. O'drama ya Mama

    just asking

    O'drama ya Mama
    To sum it up if you are a bigot towards gay marriage then I cant be a bigot towards your bigotry.
    -

    and yet you voted for obama in 2008 who was a bigot towards gay marriage! my, my, my, how do you live with yourself?!
    July 23, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Well there happens to be a difference between bigotry and disagreeing with something. It really comes down to how you express yourself. There is a huge difference between saying "gay marriage is just like bestiality" and "I dont agree with gay marriage" its all in the message.

    July 23, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I wonder if Rubio would be saying the same thing if states were upholding their bans on gay marriage? Somehow I doubt it.

    July 23, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. bedlam@sympatico.ca

    People are intolerant of hate. Go figure.

    July 23, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    Perverted society.

    July 23, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "It should not be called marriage it is not holy matrimony ? Its just civil . There is nothing holy about Adam and Steve laid up ."

    Sure there is...there's lots of holes involved...just one less I suppose...but still, plenty holey.

    July 23, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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