Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has reportedly been trying to court gay voters, but at the same time claims they don't have a constitutional right to get married.
Gregory Angelo, executive director of the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans, told Reuters that Rubio's staff has been holding meetings with his group "going back some time" to talk about proposed laws to "partner on."
Rubio's office would not comment regarding those alleged meetings, but over the weekend, Rubio appeared on CBN (Pat Robertson's cable channel) to express how strongly he opposes gay marriage, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
It doesn’t exist ... There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage ... And there isn’t such a right. You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex. There is no such constitutional right. Can a state decide to change their laws? Yes, but only through the political process, not through the court system and that’s what is happening now.
The advocates of same-sex marriage refuse to go to the legislatures because they can’t win that debate, they don’t want to have a debate in society. They want courts to impose it on people and they are not even satisfied with that. They have now gone further. They want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as "haters." It’s very simple. This is not a policy against anyone. I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that has existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman.
Rubio failed to mention that civil rights for black people, the right for women to vote and the right for children to go to school, instead of work, was not in the original draft of the U.S. Constitution.
Rubio also failed to mention that states have changed their laws via the court systems since the founding of the U.S. He did not name any specific gay marriage advocates they will not debate same-sex marriage.