In a recent address at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Florida Sen. Marco Rubio proudly espoused his values, even while acknowledging that he would likely be pilloried for doing so.
Much of his speech focused on the importance of marriage – specifically traditional marriage – in providing financial stability and an optimal environment in which to raise the next generation of Americans.
“Thousands of years of human history have shown that the ideal setting for a child to grow up is with a mother and father committed to one another,” he asserted.
Since America’s founding, he noted, this unique union has been set apart by our leaders in acknowledgement of that fact.
“Since traditional marriage has such an extraordinary record of success at raising children into strong and successful adults,” he continued, “states in our country have long elevated this institution and set it apart in our laws.”
In recent years, however, a few of these states have acted to redefine marriage. While Rubio conceded that they have the right to do that, he insisted that the “right to define and redefine marriage is a two-way street.”
He noted that a majority of states – including his own – have laws on the books protecting traditional marriage. If gay marriage proponents demand tolerance from social conservatives, he said, they must also display it in return. Instead, he lamented, activist judges across the country are moving to overturn the will of the people in states that continue to affirm the sanctity of traditional marriage.
Rubio then cited a number of examples of intolerance toward those who hold such beliefs, including the forced removal of Mozilla’s CEO earlier this year and a prior boycott of Chick-fil-A over the values of its owner.
He acknowledged that, by expressing his own views, he would “be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.”
Further driving home his point, Rubio recalled that, before becoming a champion of gay rights, Barack Obama was a firm supporter of traditional marriage.
“And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry,” he concluded, “then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election.”
Rubio also touched on a number of other social issues, including abortion and education, during the comprehensive address.
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