Rubio: Obama A “Bigot” For Backing Traditional Marriage In 2012

“If pro-traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot just before the 2012 election,” Rubio, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said Wednesday.
Photo: Geoff Holtzman/TRNS

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Photo: Geoff Holtzman/TRNS

By Maria Santangelo

(TRNS) – Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) called President Barack Obama a “bigot” for defending traditional marriage before the 2012 presidential election, to highlight the supposed intolerance against Americans who defend such values.

“If pro-traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot just before the 2012 election,” Rubio, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said in a speech about conservative family values at Catholic University. “Our current President has chosen to divide our people for the purpose of political gain… He never passes up the opportunity to pit us against each other.”

Rubio said that those who support the traditional definition of marriage have been unjustly “discriminated” for their beliefs, and are framed as “haters,” “bigots” and “anti-gay”.

Although many Americans, including Rubio, believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman, he did not condemn same-sex marriage.

“Those of us who support traditional marriage [must] respect those who support same-sex marriage,” Rubio said. “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy.”

TRNS Is On Facebook!

Tags: , ,

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

Click here for: Friday, November 28

● Iconic toy queen’s reign is frozen

● U.S. war casualties since 2001

● Adult smoking at an all-time low

● EPA proposes stronger air pollution rule

● Monitoring heart blood flow made easier

● Disability agency fined for disability violation

Listen: The Holiday Weekend Ahead – November 27-December 1

The Day Ahead Logo

OPEC members talk oil in Vienna, Nicolas Sarkozy attempts to reenter French politics and Swiss voters decide whether to embrace a limited ‘gold standard’

Obama: Turkey Pardon 2014 “Fully Within My Legal Authority”

“I know some will call this amnesty, but don’t worry,” President Obama said. “There’s plenty of Turkey to go around.”

Justice Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Justice's Conference Room prior to Justice Elana Kagan's Investiture Ceremony. Photo/Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

“As long as I can do the job full steam…I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer,” Justice Ginsburg told Elle magazine in September, “But now I can.”

400,000 Sign Up In First Week Of Obamacare

This year the numbers from the first week were trumpeted over Burwell’s Twitter account in a series of tweets, including how many people had used the call centers set up to help people enroll.

King Abdullah II To Visit White House

The meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for Dec. 5 so that they can discuss ongoing issues in the Middle east.