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Rubio Recap: Two Days, Three Commitments to Roll Back Nationwide Marriage Equality

by HRC staff February 14, 2016

Three times in the last two days, Florida Senator Marco Rubio campaigned for President on his opposition to nationwide marriage equality and overturning the Supreme Court’s historic decision last June.

In the Republican debate in Greenville, South Carolina  on Saturday, Rubio twice invoked his opposition to marriage equality. Near the beginning  of the debate, Rubio called Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in Obergefell brilliant.”

And then, in his closing statement, Rubio said, “We are going to be a country that says that, ‘life begins at conception and life is worthy of the protection of our laws.’ We're going to be a country that says ‘that marriage is between one man and one woman.’”

Rubio’s meaning was clear. When Marco Rubio talks about a ‘New American Century,’ what he means is an era in which  we turn back the clock on nationwide marriage equality and we maintain a status quo where millions of LGBT Americans  remain at risk for being fired or denied a job because of who they are or who they love.

Even before this weekend’s debate, Marco Rubio has said he will appoint Supreme Court justices  who would overturn nationwide marriage equality. Not to be outdone, Ted Cruz has said he would ignore the ruling, while Donald Trump has also said he would appoint justices to reverse nationwide marriage equality.

Rubio doubled down on his opposition to marriage equality in an interview [link] on CNN’s State of the Union, saying of Obergefell, “I disagree with the decision. I’ve always said I think it’s bad law.”

Support for marriage equality has hit a high of 60 percent in the last year. Polling done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC shows that a 55 percent majority of voters are less likely to support a candidate for president who opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry. This majority includes Independents, married women and white millennials. All of these groups voted Republican in the last congressional election.

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