Marco Rubio has spent years opposing Floridians’ freedom to marry who they love and advocating for overturning the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the right to same-sex marriage. Now with Congress taking up legislation to protect marriage equality at the federal level, Rubio is doubling down on his opposition to preserving Floridians’ rights.
In recent interviews, Rubio said marriage equality was not “a real issue” and called protecting same-sex marriage “a stupid waste of time.”
“For years Marco Rubio has opposed Floridians’ right to marry who they love and supported discrimination against LGBTQ workers. Floridians deserve better than a career politician like Marco Rubio who tries to score political points by attacking their constitutional rights and freedoms,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox.
Rubio’s long history of attacks on LGBTQ Floridians’ rights
He has long opposed same-sex marriage and even said he wants to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized it.
Rubio defended and supported Florida’s discriminatory “Don’t Say Gay” law that bans discussions of LGBTQ people in schools, legislation that many say will make Florida schools less safe.
Just two months after the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub which Rubio used as a pretense to run for reelection, he traveled to Orlando to give a speech reaffirming his opposition to same-sex marriage at an anti-LGBTQ rally.
Rubio supported Florida’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt, calling gay adoption “a social experiment.”
In the Senate, Rubio voted against legislation to ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.