Sen. Rubio doesn’t believe marriage equality is “a constitutional right”

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While Florida attorney general Pam Bondi is vague about her next steps in her fight against marriage equality, Sen. Marco Rubio is perfectly clear – he doesn’t agree with it and thinks Bondi should keep fighting it.

He’s been talking about it all week. In a Tuesday interview with CNN, Rubio said: “My position on [gay marriage] is pretty well-known. I mean, I believe that the institution of marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman. I understand that voters in some states have changed that, and I respect it. And, you know, we have a court system that’s beginning to weigh in — and whatever the law is, we’re going to abide by it and respect it.”

On Wednesday, he met with a group of reporters in Florida.

“I do not believe that there is a U.S. Constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” Rubio said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Now as I’ve said before, states have a right to change their laws. I don’t believe it’s unconstitutional. I just don’t believe there’s a constitutional right to it.

“States have always defined marriage in the laws and if a state wants to change its marriage laws, it should do so by petitioning their elected representatives in the legislature, and in the case of Florida, by placing on the ballot a question on the issue,” he continued. “I’m against it. I don’t agree with it. But we’re in a democracy and people can debate those issues and ultimately it will be decided through that process.”

When it comes to Bondi and marriage equality, Rubio said “I think she should” continue to fight it, and that he thinks it will ultimately end up before the Supreme Court regardless.

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