Don’t let the dimples fool you; Rubio is as dangerous as Cruz
By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI
According to the Washington Post, on Feb. 8, New Hampshire resident Timothy Kierstead, a man who said he’d been married for a “long time,” asked Marco Rubio a very important question: “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?”
“I don’t. You can live any way you want,” Rubio responded. “I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Kierstead wasn’t placated by that answer, and after some words about marriage equality, the Post reported that the tense exchange ended with Rubio disengaging and walking away. Poor Rubio. He’s so misunderstood. People think he’s a moderate (a.k.a. “the least scary” among the GOP’s presidential contenders), but he’s really as far right as Ted Cruz. And yet Cruz seems to get all the credit—and the criticism—for these radical positions.
Everything that comes out of Cruz’s mouth sounds insane, but when Rubio says it, people are all, “Oh my, are those dimples I see?”
Just like Cruz, Rubio is anti-abortion with no exceptions for rape. Just like Cruz, Rubio supports so-called “religious freedom” laws, which are by and large aimed at protecting those who discriminate against LGBT people.
When Rubio says, “You can live any way you want,” he’s being disingenuous at best. Because for many same-sex couples, the way they want to live is married, and they’ve fought for that right, and all the legal protections that come with it, for decades. Rubio would like to see all of that undone. And he’s not shy about it.
Marco Rubio has formed an advisory board aimed at repealing the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality. (Official photos)