Marco Rubio Pleads for "Tolerance" for His Intolerance of Gay Marriage

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Marco Rubio, a man who used to attend South Beach foam parties, is shifting toward full-out cultural conservative warrior mode as he prepares for his political future.

In a speech today before the Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, he stressed a need for "tolerance" of those who are intolerant of gay marriage.

Perhaps "please tolerate my intolerance" would make a good slogan for his 2016 campaign.

From NBC News:

"Today there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance for those who continue to support traditional marriage," Rubio said in a speech at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

The Florida Republican did acknowledge Americas "marred" history of discrimination against gays and lesbians, but added tolerance needs to be "a two-way street."

Of course, no one is seriously trying to "outlaw" traditional marriage. Weddings between a man and a woman aren't under attack. No one who supports allowing queer couples to marry is in any way trying to deny the rights of straight couples to do the same. Seems like a pretty even metaphorical two-way street, actually.

Missing from Rubio's speech? Any actual explanation of how same-sex marriage in any way actually harms "traditional marriage." Not one study cited. Not a single anecdote. No evidence offered from how traditional marriage has been harmed in the 19 states where gay marriage is allowed. Nothing.

How are people supposed to tolerate a stance that no one can actually rationally explain in any way beyond "two dudes kissing makes me kind of uncomfortable?"

Instead Rubio cited blowback against the CEO of Chick-Fil-A and the former CEO of Mozilla who resigned under pressure once he expressed anti-same-sex marriage sentiment. Of course, a free market fiend like Rubio should understand that people are allowed to chose not to do business lead by a CEO whose views they don't agree with. Private companies are allowed to accept the resignation letter of a CEO whose views may be bad for business.

Speaking of two-way streets, several prominent LGBT CEOs of major companies do remain and have remained publicly in the closet because they feel its better for business.

"I promise that even before this speech is over, I will be attacked as a hater, a bigot or anti-gay," Rubio said before adding, "If support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election."

Rubio's views are obviously anti-gay, but just like Barack Obama, a more descriptive term than "bigot" for him would be "calculating politician."

Rubio has long been rumored to make a run at the presidency in 2016 and is trying to rebuild support among cultural conservatives after leading a since-abandoned effort for immigration reform that hurt him in Republican primary polls.

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cbsobe
cbsobe

I'd like to see him run for president if only to watch him get his ass whipped big time.

samueljackson864
samueljackson864 topcommenter

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Chrystian Roure
Chrystian Roure

sounds like a flip flop. I say no but dont be mad because my heart says yes. wait to ride the republican cock Mr. Rubio

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

Ugh...I hate the he represents Cubans in miami when he DOESNT.

moralvalues1949
moralvalues1949

Why does he care what a gang of homosexuals and their lap dogs think? I am a proud homophobe.

Gustavo King
Gustavo King

Another career politician that will say whatever he needs to say.. To get elected. I'm not surprised.

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

I find this man to be physically repulsive. Just absolutely disgusting- like a dead fish in a suit….

Brendan Simons
Brendan Simons

Spot on Eugenio A. Alonso. Interesting how those hollering for tolerance the loudest, are the least likely to practice it.

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

He had such promise and then became a politician.

Eugenio A. Alonso
Eugenio A. Alonso

He can do as he likes. He can be tolerant of whatever he wants and intolerant and what he sees fit. He does not need to be pushed to follow any agenda by anyone except his constituents who elected him. So far, that hasn't happened. Trying to shame and slander people because they are not as "tolerant" as you, well, that just makes you an asshole Miami New Times, doesn't it? Apparently, you believe that not tolerating diverging views from yours is how you exercise tolerance. You really need to pick up a dictionary.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................what ? were you expecting a GETTYSBERG address statesman like speech from this AIRHEAD ?


this is FLORIDUH home of the zany politicians and fixed elections owned by the NRA and resided by retired old geezers and kids who paint on their bikinis and alcohol and drug king pins who own MIAMI where the third language is english (after spanish and creole) and oh yeah a big rat in ORLANDO people from all over the world come to visit and our state bird is the construction crane

Mihir Modha
Mihir Modha

These colorful people can be joined anywhere anytime. They do not need permission. This is for the news and those fools running for chairs in the government.

javicarabeo
javicarabeo

Senator Marco Rubio,


How much longer can we allow this tired rhetoric of tolerance to pass political muster? Tolerance, with respect to civil rights, is a non-issue.

Rights are innate and inalienable - they are endowed before we have the chance to form convictions, and they are indifferent to those convictions. 

Your convictions compel you to be opposed to how some wish to exercise their rights. That is not a compelling legal or political argument. 

As an elected representative, it is your duty to protect the rights of all of your constituents before you entertain the convictions or political positions of any. 

Out of dire necessity, the time has come to put this issue to rest and clear the way for better, more important conversations. As your constituent who's only stake in your position on this issue is the opportunity cost of not having those more important conversations, I urge you to act accordingly.


DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


With each passing day, the voters are beginning to see the real marco rubio  a son of bitch,con artist chicken hawk, asshole.  Marco Rubio did  try to leave out important facts about his so call hard years.When will Rubio start working for jobs in Florida.


Marco Rubio is a product of entitlement through the mechanisms of the most corrupt political system I have seen (at the surface) during my lifetime in Florida.. I am a firm believer of Washington living by the same standards as the people, across the board (in terms of benefits, salaries, vacations, retirement, etc.). The question is, is this guy in over his head or not ?  I am not alone in thinking he is not representing all Floridians? We could go into politics like rubio. Using our state Amex card for my personal things, still be in college tuition debt, and buy a second home with other legislators and let it go onto foreclosure.as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations.Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.


What did this moron accomplish other than running up a tab on the taxpayers backs? Not sure what advice you could those that pay their bills for someone that has healthcare insurance through the taxpayer. A chicken hawk who like to send other people kids to war. But he will the join the military. Hey Marco, man-up, Why not enlist and do a couple of tours of duty over there? Maybe, you'll be less gung-ho to shed someone else's. Republican CHICKEN HAWKS never have a problem sending other people's children to war. How come politicians never join the military when they are sending other people children to war? To the politicians War is good for business invest your self and own your own children,wife husband So now the freshman senator is an expert military strategist? He knows more than those that have been in politics decades longer than he has and have accomplishments he can only dream of. The only thing Rubio has accomplished is gulping a sip of water when he was supposed to be giving a SOTU rebuttal. He's a joke on Florida voters

He's a crook, and a liar. Marco Rubio's mother-in-law and three other members of Rubio's wife's family. His wife was the treasurer; between them, they failed to report $34,000 of contributions in an 18-month period.Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."Rubio insists he repaid American Express for personal expenses amounting to $16,000, but that leaves $94,000 that the party picked up—including repairs to his family minivan, thousands for a personal car rental, a Disney World vacation.




The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver? Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee voting 78,223 absentee votes, compared to 26,533 for Meek and 25,478 for Crist. , Amber Stoner aka Another young health care lobbyist, also shows up as a recipient of 10 paid flights with Rubio on his Republican Amex.Marco Rubio told the National Review that he really admires Jesse Helms. Yes, Helms, the late North Carolina Republican senator with notorious and well-documented racist and homophobic views.He claims to be an expert schooled in Climate Science.Rubio is a hypocrite he want his family to have health insurance but not the taxes payer. who pay his salary and health insurance the laugh is on the people who voted for him who might need and will benefit from the ACA.Poor Marco Rubio. He's only signing up for Obamacare and pocketing those ten grand because he's FORCED to, lol. What a terrible fate! Obamacare is worse than slavery, LOL

Marco Rubio said immigrants seeking asylum should not be given preference.

He wanted US immigration authorities to stop giving preference to migrants who are seeking asylum. But Cubans should be subject to the same immigration requirements as any other would be immigrant. . So either grant automatic legal status as soon as they set foot on American soil, or make Cubans go through the same process as any other immigrant. Until then, just another hypocrite.There should not be a "wet foot, dry foot" policy Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship? Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"His parents came to this country in 1956 looking for economic opportunity. They declared at that time they intended to stay permanently. The fact that Castro came to power in 1959 makes a nice excuse to claim his parents were exiles, but it's simply not true. They came here looking for opportunity and assumed they'd be able to return to Cuba for visits whenever they could. Castro complicated the latter, but didn't change the former.”which makes Rubio a common anchor baby of a common economic migrant  . with the added cop-out of claiming "Dry Foot Hot Track Status", denied to every OTHER economic immigrant coming here .

Is Marco Rubio Eligible to Run for President

Cary Perez
Cary Perez

My mother's family and plantations were taken away in 58.

Cary Perez
Cary Perez

Tony prieto....people left in 1958 because fidel took over..it's not a lie..... Catalyzing the resistance to such tactics, for two years (December 1956 – December 1958) Fidel Castro's July 26 Movement and other nationalist rebelling elements led an urban and rural-based guerrilla uprising against Batista's government, which culminated in his eventual defeat by rebels under the command of Che Guevara

Bobby Mac
Bobby Mac

Ray Grandon (moron) Pedophilia is a sexual attraction to children, not members of the same sex, and has nothing to do with being gay or straight.

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

Pedophilia[gay] is a brain disorder caused by mercury exposure says U of Florida so cure it to prevent child abuse as I blame the corrupt greedy governments for allowing way to much pollution and putting profits before people's health!!!

Rachel Toro
Rachel Toro

Where's the puke button? I think I'm sick.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Dude's a scumbag. He only represents himself and whoever's lining his pocket with money.

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

If he's reading this he should know some people know shit. Marco and David Rivera campaigning for Dole in New Hampshire 1995.

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

He went to South Miami, class of 89. I actually knew him and had at least one class with him (drama). He's a politician during an interesting time Miami politics. He won office, like so many before him, by pandering to the naive, tinfoil-hat, radio mambi, leon medical center crowd because frankly those are the ones most likely to vote. To win the Senate he reached out to the naive tinfoil hat Tea-Party crowd by playing down his roots (MARCO was big and bold on his lawnsigns while Rubio needed a magnifing glass) and being able to "pass" (white privilege). They actually thought he was Italian. But now the political sands are shifting and the local electorate is getting more liberal while is die-hards are... dying of old age. The old formula of Republican Conservative Cubano hardliner as a guarenteed winner in local politics is losing steam and Marco seems to be caught in the middle of a local realignment.

Javier Morales
Javier Morales

What a disgrace to the Cuban-American community.. How could a peer/contemporary of mine be so full of hate? All this myopic ideology being spewed out and then the attempt to conceal under the umbrella of freedom of speech.... Shameful...

Vanessa Phelps
Vanessa Phelps

Why not just allow it especially if its 2 people who are in love? I mean we let straight celebrities wed and those only last a few days or months....even non-celebrities. Who are we to say 2 people in love can't get married?

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

---with a comb-over

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..................yeah PRESIDENT of guatemala or costa rica maybe

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..................be nice


he can't help it - his parents were idiots too

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@DRAKEMALLARD.0


..................details details


we here do not always realize what a JOKE the rest of the nation indeed the rest of the world sees FLORIDUH as


to many MIAMI isn't even IN america


and to the GOP this buffoon makes SARAH PALIN look like einstein

boofwash
boofwash

Yeah yeah yeah, everyone in Cuba was a zillionaire plantation owner/rancher until Castro. NOBODY BUYS IT ANYMORE. 

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

tragic for those who fled Castro's Cuba,  On the other hand, I wonder what Cuba would be today if all those who fled had stayed to fight the Castro takeover

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................fidel took over because the cuban people didn't get involved to the extent they should have as in most latin american countries ALL of whom DUMP on america

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..................the larger picture is his LACK of accomplishments in office

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................luckily ITALIANs had laguardia as NYC mayor during WWII when italy joined germany and the focus was to assimilate as americans (one-quarter of the US military was of italian heritage)


cubans will always just be visitors here because they did not assimilate on the major issues and oH MARco ! is not a real leader and will actually polarize his own constituents - meaning the cubans will have another reason to fight EACH OTHER instead of move the focus forward


many latin american countries splinter because the people are not focused and then some dictator gets to take advantage of the populous while they fight each other - everything is a REVOLUTION without a plan

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