Marco Rubio slams Florida gay marriage ruling

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is flexing his conservative political muscle in light of a possible 2016 presidential campaign, openly criticizing the decision legalizing same-sex marriage in his home state of Florida. “I do not believe that there is a U.S. constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” Rubio said in an interview with Florida reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “Now, as I’ve said before, states have a right to change their laws. I don’t believe it’s unconstitutional. I just don’t believe there’s a constitutional right to it.” SEE ALSO: Where Latinos stand on gay marriage, abortion, role of government Rubio’s opinion comes as Florida became the 36th state in the union to allow for same-sex marriages this week. “My position on [gay marriage] is pretty well-known. I mean, I believe that the institution of marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman. I understand that voters in some states have changed that, and I respect it. And, you know, we have a court system that’s beginning to weigh in — and whatever the law is, we’re going to abide by it and respect it.” Rubio said to CNN. Rubio also said that if proponents of gay marriage “wanted to change that law, they should have gone to the legislature or back to the Constitution, I don’t agree we should be trying to make those changes through the courts,” as he stated to “Politico.” “Thousands of years of human history have taught us that the ideal setting for children to grow up in is with a mother and a father committed to each other, living together and sharing the responsibility of raising their children.” Rubio wrote on his upcoming book. “It is for this reason and this reason alone that I continue to believe marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. It is neither my place nor my intention to dictate to anyone who they are allowed to love or live with.” Rubio added, “the trend that I will not accept, however, is the growing attitude that belief in traditional marriage equates to bigotry and hatred. Just as California has a right to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, Florida has a right to define it as one man and one woman.” SEE ALSO: What the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage means for immigrants Rubio hasn’t confirmed whether he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential race, but earlier this week he sounded very convinced of his chances of winning the nomination if he were to do so. He hasn’t denied a possible presidential run, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush is already exploring his options for a possible run.The post Marco Rubio slams Florida gay marriage ruling appeared first on Voxxi.

Senator Marco Rubio comments on Florida allowing same-sex couples to marry. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is flexing his conservative political muscle in light of a possible 2016 presidential campaign, openly criticizing the decision legalizing same-sex marriage in his home state of Florida.

“I do not believe that there is a U.S. constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” Rubio said in an interview with Florida reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “Now, as I’ve said before, states have a right to change their laws. I don’t believe it’s unconstitutional. I just don’t believe there’s a constitutional right to it.”

SEE ALSO: Where Latinos stand on gay marriage, abortion, role of government

Rubio’s opinion comes as Florida became the 36th state in the union to allow for same-sex marriages this week.

Florida Federal Judge Issues Ruling Allowing Gay Marriages Across The State
Couples wed in Florida as same-sex marriage is legalized. Same-sex marriage is now allowed in 36 states plus the District of Columbia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“My position on [gay marriage] is pretty well-known. I mean, I believe that the institution of marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman. I understand that voters in some states have changed that, and I respect it. And, you know, we have a court system that’s beginning to weigh in — and whatever the law is, we’re going to abide by it and respect it.” Rubio said to CNN.

Rubio also said that if proponents of gay marriage “wanted to change that law, they should have gone to the legislature or back to the Constitution, I don’t agree we should be trying to make those changes through the courts,” as he stated to “Politico.”

“Thousands of years of human history have taught us that the ideal setting for children to grow up in is with a mother and a father committed to each other, living together and sharing the responsibility of raising their children.” Rubio wrote on his upcoming book.

“It is for this reason and this reason alone that I continue to believe marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. It is neither my place nor my intention to dictate to anyone who they are allowed to love or live with.” Rubio added, “the trend that I will not accept, however, is the growing attitude that belief in traditional marriage equates to bigotry and hatred. Just as California has a right to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, Florida has a right to define it as one man and one woman.”

SEE ALSO: What the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage means for immigrants

Rubio hasn’t confirmed whether he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential race, but earlier this week he sounded very convinced of his chances of winning the nomination if he were to do so. He hasn’t denied a possible presidential run, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush is already exploring his options for a possible run.

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