Don’t let the dim­ples fool you; Ru­bio is as dan­ger­ous as Cruz

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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)

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