US Senator Marco Rubio, already being mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, says he believes homosexuality is a sin but insists that he does not judge gay people.
'I can tell you what faith teaches and faith teaches that it is (a sin),' Rubio tells Politico.com. 'And that’s what the Bible teaches and that’s what faith teaches.'
But he insists he doesn't go around 'pointing fingers' as homosexuals and other so-called sinners.
'I’m responsible for my salvation and I’m responsible for my family’s, and for inculcating in my family what our faith teaches, and they’ll become adults and decide how they want to apply that in life,' he says. 'As a policy maker, I could just tell you that I’m informed by my faith. And my faith informs me in who I am as a person — but not as a way to pass judgment on people.'
ThinkProgress.org points out that while Rubio seems to want to appear as more moderate on LGBT issues than much staunch party right wingers as Rick Santorum, his record is in line with the socially conservative wing of the party.
He was against same-sex couples in his home state having the right to adopt children, voted against the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military and has said that gay marriage is 'about what society should tolerate.'