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Marco Rubio has tense exchange about gay marriage with voter in New Hampshire diner

Marco Rubio has tense exchange about gay marriage with voter in New Hampshire diner

Marco Rubio was elected to a second term in the US Senate in 2016

Marco Rubio was visiting a diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday when he was confronted about his opposition to same-sex marriage by a gay man sitting at a table with his husband and mother.

‘Why do you want to put me back in the closet?’ the man, Timothy Kierstead, asked the Republican presidential hopeful during a tense exchange inside the Puritan Backroom diner.

Rubio replied: ‘I don’t. You can live any way you want.’

Kierstead pointed out that the US Senator from Florida’s stance against same-sex marriage is sending a message of ‘we don’t matter.’

Rubio, according to media pool reports of the incident, then said: ‘No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.’

Kierstead replied: ‘Well, that’s your belief.’

Rubio then explained: ‘I think that’s what the law should be. And if you don’t agree you should have the law changed by a legislature.’

Kierstead reminded Rubio that the law was changed when the US Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 US states last June in a landmark ruling.

Rubio patted Kierstead on the shoulder and before walking away said: ‘I respect your view.’

Kierstead had the last word by saying loudly: ‘Typical politician. Walk away.’

Kierstead later told reporters that he and his husband have three children and owns a restaurant in Manchester.