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Marco Rubio: Gay Marriage Activists 'Stigmatize' Opponents as 'Haters'

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 05:29 PM

There's no federal right to same-sex marriage, Sen. Marco Rubio insists — slamming activists for trying to "stigmatize" and "ostracize" anyone who disagrees with them as "haters."

In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's "The Brody File," the Florida Republican — and White House hopeful — declares it's "ridiculous and absurd … to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex."

"It doesn’t exist," says. "There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. There isn’t such a right."

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Rubio also took a shot at gay marriage activists for avoiding the debate at the state level, where "they can't win...."

"Can a state decide to change their laws? Yes, but only through the political process, not through the court system and that’s what is happening now," Rubio says. "The advocates of same-sex marriage refuse to go to the legislatures because they can’t win that debate. They don’t want to have a debate in society."

"They want courts to impose it on people and they are not even satisfied with that," he added. "They have now gone further. They want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters."

Earlier this month, Rubio appeared to have softened his stance on the contentious issue, saying even though he opposed gay marriage, he'd attend a same sex wedding.

"If it's somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would" attend their wedding, Rubio said in an Fusion interview April 15.

"I'm not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they've made or because I disagree with a decision they've made, or whatever it may be."

The Supreme Court is expected Tuesday to hear arguments in a historic clash that may legalize gay marriage nationwide.

Rubio insisted in his CBN interview his position against gay marriage "is not a policy against anyone."

"It’s very simple. This is not a policy against anyone," he says. "I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that has existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman."

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday finds 58 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, but 59 percent of Republicans are opposed to it.

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