Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is running for president, said on Nov. 25 that "God's rules always win," and the U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage is “not settled law” (video below).
Rubio made his comments during an interview with CBN reporter David Brody, notes RightWingWatch.org.
Brody asked Rubio about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, and the Republican candidate replied:
It is current law, it is not settled law. No law is settled. Roe v. Wade is current law, but it doesn't mean that we don't continue to aspire to fix it because we think it's wrong. And in the interim, until we can get a Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, we do everything possible within the constraints that is placed upon us to confront it and certainly limit the number of abortions and save as many lives as possible.
I think the broader question is what is our role in terms of confronting it? Again, if you look at Biblical lessons, the first thing is we are clearly called, in the Bible, to adhere to our civil authorities, but that conflicts with also a requirement to adhere to God’s rules.
And so when those two come in conflict, God’s rules always win. In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin, violate God’s law and sin, if we’re ordered to stop preaching the gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that. We cannot abide by that because government is compelling us to sin.
Rubio later claimed that Christians are called to peacefully participate in the changing of government laws, but didn't cite any Bible verses as back up.
Rubio added that he believes only in heterosexual marriage, and that marriage laws should be defined at the "state level where marriage has always been regulated, not by the U.S. Supreme Court and not by the federal government."
In reality, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the legalization of interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia), noncustodial parents being able to marry without obtaining a court order (Zablocki v. Redhail) and prison wardens not being allowed to stop inmates from marrying (Turner v. Safley).
The federal government passed the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Law in 1862 that banned people from marrying more than one spouse at a time.