Marco Rubio doesn’t like being called out on his opposition to marriage equality and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
On Sunday, the Republican presidential hopeful, 44, told "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson that he’s fed up with being "called a bigot" for holding "traditional values" when it comes to marriage.
"Increasingly, Americans feel out of place, because it seems like the people who have access to power and influence win, and everybody else is left on the outside looking in," Rubio said. "People that hold traditional values are often described as bigots and haters."
Arguing that President Barack Obama has said that "people that don’t support same-sex marriage are wrong," Rubio then added, "I have been called a bigot for not supporting [same-sex marriage]."
Last week, the Florida senator suggested that if he is elected president, the justices he will nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court may roll back marriage equality.
"I don’t believe any case law is settled law. Any future Supreme Court can change it, and ultimately, I will appoint Supreme Court justices that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed," Rubio told Chuck Todd on "Meet The Press" Dec. 13. "I don’t think the current Constitution gives the federal government the power to regulate marriage."
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "bigot" as a "person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc." and a "person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group."
Seems like someone who favors unequal treatment of LGBT people would qualify, yes?
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