Marco and his Mack Daddy
Marco Rubio ran for president today. Let's check his bona fides:
He's mastered the faux-tolerance pose:
“I don`t believe that gay Americans should be denied services at a restaurant or hotel or anything of that nature,” he said.
Except when he admits that religious freedom laws can, in fact, do just that.
“I’m not for any special protections based on orientation,” he said.
"[W]hat our faith teaches is pretty straightforward. There’s not much debate about that. The debate is about what society should tolerate, and what society should allow our laws to be,” he said. “The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It's everybody's business,” he said.
Well, it turns out, not "everybody," as in every everybody.
“I do not believe there is a U.S. Constitutional right to same sex marriage,” he said. “Here you’re talking about the definition of an institution, not the value of a single human being. That’s the difference between the civil rights movement and the marriage equality movement.”
“If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," he said.
He's got the victim thing down pat, too:
“I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage,” he said. “Today there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance for those who continue to support traditional marriage.”...“The trend that I will not accept, however, is the growing attitude that belief in traditional marriage equates to bigotry and hatred. "