Rubio decries ‘intolerance’ against same-sex marriage opponents
July 23rd, 2014
03:14 PM ET
5 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. The Real Tom Paine

    The Intolerant are demanding that people they in many cases despise practice tolerance towards them? Does anyone find this ironic?

    July 23, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Brosephus

    I wonder if Sen Rubio feels the same way about those who are intolerant of people who advocate for a woman's right to choose? I mean, there was an incident where intolerant people barged into a church and interrupted a service in Louisiana. Has Sen. Rubio spoke out against those intolerant people, or is he only concerned with things that he's intolerant about?

    July 23, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Borderless

    And this man lost the last, tiny bit of respect I may have had for him.

    July 23, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    NOW, the Cuban anchor baby, wants tolerance so, the bigots can be bigots!

    Got it!

    July 23, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Those poor, persecuted Folks of Faith(which Faith, is open to debate). They have it soo hard. Having to live in the same World where people(in their opinion), are SINNING.

    July 23, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Does everyone realize that he's just teed himself up for criticism from the left for the express purpose of playing the victim card, reinforcing the whole "war on religion" talking point? Everyone can see through this, right?

    July 23, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Tone

    Are these guys really serious, it's like saying i should be respectful of others who oppose my blackness, and these are the people that hold elected office in America.RACISM IS HERE TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY.

    July 23, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Greg In Arkansas

    “because tolerance is a two way street.”.....so if you oppose equal rights....we are supposed to be "tolerant" of your views...how "Westboro" of you...
    If there were no discrimination against gays, there would be no need for gay marriage in the first place....
    If YOU had some "tolerance" for those that believe something "different" than you.....there would be no need for gay marriage court rulings either...

    July 23, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I love the way these nutjobs find a way around darn near everything under the sun to slam THIS President.
    You are correct Rubio except for the fact that the President recanted whereas you and your ilk have doubled down on not giving Gays the same rights that you enjoy.

    July 23, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Chris..E.al

    It should not be called marriage it is not holy matrimony ? Its just civil .

    July 23, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. DRAKE MALLARD

    is Marco Rubio Eligible to Run for President?

    July 23, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Mr. Rubio...I am sad to say gays and lesbians do show intolerance towards people who believe tradtional marriage is the only union to be recognized. I wonder where they learned it from? I think tradtionalists, instead of whining...should do some soul searching.

    July 23, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Tone

    Rudy NYC

    Does everyone realize that he's just teed himself up for criticism from the left for the express purpose of playing the victim card, reinforcing the whole "war on religion" talking point? Everyone can see through this, right?

    Rudy I think you came up with the best explanation as to why i should not be too outraged at this bigot. Your explanation calmed me down.

    July 23, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    The Real Tom Paine says:
    July 23, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm
    The Intolerant are demanding that people they in many cases despise practice tolerance towards them? Does anyone find this ironic?

    I do! And hilarious! The Religious Right whom is determined to force their will on everyone else now wants people to be tolerant. Are they tolerant? And I believe in God.

    July 23, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Be tolerant of the intolerant, gotcha. Anything else would be intolerable .

    July 23, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Bill

    He would have been better served to simply keep his mouth shut. Decrying intolerance? What about the gay-bashing intolerant clowns that make up a majority of those in the GOP. Rubio continues to prove he is a bush-league senator.

    July 23, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Treat people how you would wish to be treated. If you're a bigot, don't come slithering to me on your slimy intolerant belly complaining about people not tolerating your bigotry. I might just step on you.

    July 23, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    Rubio: “I promise you, before this speech is even over, I’ll be attacked as a hater, a bigot, someone who’s anti-gay,”
    Um, well yeah. Yes you will.
    And if a kicked a dog while walking down the street I should be called a dog-kicker-guy.

    July 23, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "It should not be called marriage it is not holy matrimony ? Its just civil ."

    All "marriages" are "just civil" as far as the law is concerned. Reading anything else into it is expressly prohibited by the First Amendment.

    Know why it's first? Yeah...cuz it's the most important one...no matter what the NRA says.

    July 23, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    " Does anyone find this ironic?"

    Indeed. More evidence that the gene for conservatism blocks expression of the gene for detecting irony and hypocrisy. In fact, it's not just ironic, it's blatant doublethink...to quote Orwell:

    "To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink.....The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."

    July 23, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. sonnie3

    What is wrong with standing up for traditional Marriage, as is the will of the Good Lord?

    July 23, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    Silence DoGood – " I believe there is evidence that the administration is changing based on the last two years of related DOJ announcements. "

    If you bothered to read my comment rather that jump into third-grade level attack mode, you would have seen this:
    "With a change in Washington, all progress at the state level could be reverted."

    In case that went over your head, it means I think that without a change in LAW, any disregard of the current law is meaningless with a change of administration. Even Democrat Joe Biden is opposed to a change in federal law. Who knows how Hillary feels about the issue?? And Obama has shown little interest in pressing for a change, while over 700 thousand Americans are arrested each year.

    If you feel no need for faster action, so be it. I feel that a Free Country (so we claim) should take the issue of arresting its citizens more seriously.

    July 23, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    WWJD ?-Treat others as they treat you.

    July 23, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    tom l, just for the record, I am more than willing to call out out anyone for posting nonsense: the fact of the matter is that agreeing with people rarely makes for a good Ticker argument.
    --------------------------------
    Funny that you should say that. I've actually agreed with them a couple of times and, WOW, did that fire up the furor. They called me everything that they have ever called me, most especially "liar". And, I had agreed with them! Big Argument.

    July 23, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. 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.

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