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Marriage equality not ‘settled law’ for Marco Rubio

Marriage equality not ‘settled law’ for Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio on a campaign visit to Cleveland, Ohio, August 2015

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio will nominate Supreme Court justices who will repeal same-sex marriage.

The Republican senator from Florida was a guest today, 13 December, on the NBC show Meet the Press. When asked about marriage equality, he maintained the issue is still up for debate.

‘It is the current law. I don’t believe any case law is settled law,’  Rubio said in the interview, according to The Hill. ‘Any future Supreme Court can change it. And ultimately, I will appoint Supreme Court justices that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed.’

Rubio insisted the country’s highest court created rights that are not in the Constitution.

‘I don’t think the current Constitution gives the federal government the power to regulate marriage,’ he said. ‘That belongs at the state and local level.’

He added that by overturning state same-sex marriage bans, the high court went against the will of voters.

‘What is wrong is that the Supreme Court has found this hidden constitutional right that 200 years of jurisprudence had not discovered and basically overturned the will of the voters in Florida, where over 60 percent passed a constitutional amendment that defined marriage in the state constitution as the union of one man and one woman.’

The candidate did back away from a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

According to a 12 December Bloomberg Politics/ Des Moines Register poll, Rubio places fourth in the Iowa caucus. Senator Ted Cruz is first with 31%; businessman Donald Trump second at 21%; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson 13%, and Rubio at 10%.

The Iowa caucus is the first in the presidential election season. It will be held on 1 February.

Below is a video of the entire interview. His same-sex comments start at approximately the 9 minute mark.