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Published On: Mon, Apr 20th, 2015

Marco Rubio on gay marriage, gay rights, homosexuality not a choice

Florida Republican senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio answered questions about homosexuality over the weekend, proclaiming that he believes that “sexual preference is something that people are born with.”

On Face the Nation Bob Schieffer asked, ”Do you think that homosexuality is a choice?”

Marco Rubio donkey narrowRubio first answered by making a clarification about his views on same-sex unions.

“It’s not that I’m against gay marriage,” he said, reiterating his view that state legislatures, and not the courts, should make decisions about marriage. “I believe the definition of the institution of marriage should be between one man and one woman.”

Rubio added, “I don’t believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.”

From there, he directly addressed Schieffer’s question about whether homosexuality is a choice.

“I also don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people,” Rubio said. “In fact, the bottom line is, I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with.”

Last week Rubio confirmed that he would attend a loved one’s same-sex wedding ceremony.

“If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my life, I don’t necessarily have to agree with their decisions or the decisions they’ve made to continue to love them and participate in important events,” Rubio told journalist Jorge Ramos during an appearance on “America.”

 

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