Sen. Marco Rubio recently claimed people who are gay marriage supporters are "a real and present danger" because they'll be targeting Catholic and Christian teachings.
The Republican senator, who is running for president in 2016, made his comments during a report today by Pat Robertson's show "The 700 Club" on CBN, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.
"So what’s the next step after that? After they’re done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech, and that’s a real and present danger."
After showing Rubio's controversial comments, which could come back to haunt him in 2016, Robertson said Rubio was "coming on strong" and "just amazing."
Robertson noted the large Latino populations in California, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and added, "Rubio could be the Democrats' nightmare."
Robertson failed to mention that Rubio opposes President Barack Obama's executive orders for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, noted Fox News.
Both programs are popular with Hispanics, but are temporarily blocked because of a lawsuit filed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, when he was the state's attorney general, reported Latin Post.