US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being ‘intolerant.’
Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: ‘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 added: ‘Today there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance for those who continue to support traditional marriage.’
Rubio brought up the fact that President Barack Obama waited until near the end of his first term in office to become the first president in US history to come out in favor of gay marriage.
‘If support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election,’ the senator said.