Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday he would oppose a constitutional amendment
allowing states to ban same-sex
marriage after the Supreme legalized it nationwide, even though he disagrees
with the landmark 5-4 decision.
“I don’t support a constitutional amendment. I don’t believe the federal government should be in the marriage regulation business,” the Florida senator told reporters after a speech the Cedar Rapids Country Club in Iowa.
“We can continue to disagree with it. Perhaps a future court will change that decision, in much the same way as it’s changed other decisions in the past. But my opinion is unchanged, that marriage should continue to be defined as one man and one woman. The decision is what it is, and that’s what we’ll live under,” he said.
Also when in Las Vegas he offered no policy specifics whatsoever in a speech to Freedom Fest at Planet Hollywood filled with rhetoric and skipped off the stage without conducting a previously-agreed-to question-and-answer sessions with the audience.
The speech, which lasted just about 20 minutes, was scheduled previously to go for 30 minutes and include 10 minutes of Q&A. Rubio, after finishing his remarks, ducked off the back corner of the stage without taking questions from the audience—which all week leading up to this moment has been critical of him.
Until now-Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, the affable real estate magnate and reality television mogul, announced he was coming to Freedom Fest—Trump is speaking on today and for weeks Rubio was the keynote speaker of this conference. After Rubio attacked Trump over Trump’s accurate comments on immigration, Trump took the keynote status away from Rubio—announcing he’s going to be speaking on Saturday to close out the event. Trump, of course, is performing significantly better than Rubio or Rubio’s mentor former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.