Bill Nelson Releases 17-Word Statement on Gay Marriage; Marco Rubio Releases 482-Word Statement

The responses to the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage yesterday by Florida's two senators couldn't have been more different. Democrat Bill Nelson released a terse 17-word statement supporting the decision, while Marco Rubio spent 482 words explaining why he doesn't he agree with it.

Nelson actually only released the statement after being prodded by The Tampa Bay Times. Here it is in its full glory:

"The Supreme Court said the Constitution prohibits discrimination of lawfully wedded same-sex couples. I support this decision."

This is like a dad who just found out his son is gay and only replies, "Well, you're still my son." And sure, he's going to oddly refer to their partner as "my son's roommate" around the office, but the next time one of his buddies calls someone a "fag" at the poker game, he's gonna clear his throat and say, "Hey, come on guys, it's 2013." And there's gonna be a moment of awkwardness, but then he lays down a full house.

Marco Rubio, however, is like your fundie cousin who says stuff like, "I don't hate gay people, but..." and then spends ten minutes talking about why he thinks gays are still kind of icky.

You can read the full Rubio statement here, but here are some key excerpts:

"I believe that marriage is a unique historical institution best defined as the union between one man and one woman. In the U.S., marriage has traditionally been defined by state law, and I believe each state, acting through their elected representatives or the ballot, should decide their own definition of marriage. For the purposes of federal law, however, Congress had every right to adopt a uniform definition and I regret that the Supreme Court would interfere with that determination.

I appreciate that many Americans' attitude towards same-sex marriage have changed in recent years. I respect the rights of states to allow same-sex marriages, even though I disagree with them. But I also expect that the decisions made by states like Florida to define marriage as between one man and one woman will also be respected.

Rubio ends his statement with a call for the end of bullying. No, not of gay people, but of people who don't want gays to get married.

My hope is that those of us who believe in the sanctity and uniqueness of traditional marriage will continue to argue for its protection in a way that is respectful to the millions of American sons and daughters who are gay. It is also my hope that those who argue for the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage will refrain from assailing the millions of Americans who disagree with them as bigots.

Sure, whatever you say, bigot.

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drakemallard topcommenter

People who accuse or hate others of being gay are often covering up their own latent homosexuality

Do you have something to hide?

 Well, first of all, I believe ALL marriage is wrong!!"

The whole line that marriage existed before governments is utter bullshitt. You know what marriage was then, it was a contract between a man and the woman's father.It used to be about owning a woman and joining families together for power and property.Why do you care if somebody wants to marry who they love?" Same sex marriage should be legal. The fact that it's illegal is embarrassing.

The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which "the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one's skin or color or race" are minor indeed. Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence”

Johnny Vazquez
Johnny Vazquez

Why does anyone give a shit about what Marco Rubio says? Stop giving this Tio Tomas any type of relevancy..

frankd4 topcommenter

...........and next week oH MArco ! will release a 750 word statment back-peddling and FLIP-FLOPing and distancing himself from most ALL of these 482 words

funny how MITT ROMNEYs religion, MORMONISM, which allows a man to have MULTIPLE - WIVEs (polygamy) doesn't fit the one man one woman definition YET no one told MITT he was UNqualified to receive the same rights and priviledges under the law

i guess when it's convienient to be conservative oH MARco ! blows one way and when it's NOT he blows another way never bothering to RECONCILE his changing positions with reality

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Opinions and assholes, we all know the drill. I think your article lost a lot of its intended impact when you threw the word "bigot" in there at the end. Kind of sunk to Schmuck Rubio's level there a bit, you know?

Exiliado topcommenter

I  support gay marriage. Why not?

But I understand there's others with a different opinion. However, I cannot call them bigots. They just have a different opinion, and if somebody wants to make them change that opinion, they should try to have a dialogue and explain their reasons. Hopefully, one they both sides can reach a compromise.

I don't think people like the author of this article are interested in a dialogue, though. They want to impose their view, shove it down everybody else's throats, and that's where they lose. You will never get the support of other people when you treat them with insults.


Just waiting for the day he gets caught in an airport restroom a la Larry Craig.

Exiliado topcommenter

@Johnny Vazquez 

The guy is a United States Senator.

Of course we care about what he says or does.


Exiliado topcommenter

@Johnny Vazquez 

Because he is a Senator of the United States?



@Exiliado "I don't think people like the author of this article are interested in a dialogue, though."

That's the liberal journalist way.

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