Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) attended an anti-LGBT religious conference in Orlando today, where he told religious leaders that “traditional marriage” should be “elevated and set apart in our laws.”
The event, which was attended by the country’s most vehement anti-LGBT activists, including David Barton, Bill Federer, Ken Graves and Mat Staver, coincided with the two month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub attack.
Shortly after the attack, the 45-year-old Miami native claimed he was “deeply impacted” by the massacre at Pulse last month, but the “impact” he felt has apparently worn off in time to speak at the Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project conference.
“I acknowledge that those who have a different view have a right to their views, but Americans like myself who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have a right to ours,” Rubio said, according to a transcript provided to the Tampa Bay Times.
Rubio also confronted some religious leaders in the crowd who have demonized gays and lesbians.
“To love our neighbors, we must recognize that many have experienced sometimes, severe condemnation and judgment from some Christians. They have heard some say that the reason God will bring condemnation on America is because of them. As if somehow, God was willing to put up with adultery, and gluttony, and greed and pride, but now, this is the last straw,” he said.
“To love our neighbors, we must abandon a spirit of judgment. Do not judge or you will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged. And with a measure you use it will be used to measure you. And we should remember not to ignore the plank in our own eye.”
“For over 2,000 years, Christianity has defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is now undeniable that there is a growing number of Americans who seek to expand that definition to include the union of two people of the same sex. I continue to support the traditional definition of marriage. And I do so not because I seek to impose my views on others, and not because I seek to discriminate against anyone. I support the traditional definition of marriage because I believe the union of one man and woman is a special relationship with an extraordinary record of success at raising children into strong and successful people.
“… And therefore, I believe, as many of you do, that this relationship deserves to be elevated and set apart in our laws. I acknowledge that those who have a different view have a right to their views, but Americans like myself who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have a right to ours.”