US Senator Marco Rubio, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said Thursday (14 March) that being against gay marriage doesn't make him a bigot.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, Rubio said: 'Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot.'
He also said he feels judged for some other positions including being anti-abortion and for not buying into the science behind climate change.
'I respect people who disagree with me on certain things, but that means they have to respect me too,' he said.
But it might be hard convincing LGBT voters of that.
Among his other anti-gay stances, according to OnTheIssues.org are: Is against gay couples being fosters parents; is opposed to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); and supports a federal amendment to prevent same-sex marriage.