Rubio: A Federal Marriage Amendment would step on the rights of states
Smith followed up: Where was Rubio on gay marriage?
“Increasingly, that’s an issue that states are deciding,” said Rubio. “Which is interesting. There’s an article today — I think it was in the New York Times — the administration has moved away from that position, in terms of the legal arguments that it’s making. Ultimately, I have a strong belief in what marriage should be and how to define it.”
Did that mean he opposed a Federal Marriage Amendment? “Look,” said Rubio, “I’ve always been uncomfortable with a federal constitutional amendment on anything, particularly on that, because it steps on the rights of states to define marriage. I think that’s a two-way street, though. I mean, if states define marriage as between one man and one woman, you’re gonna say to a lot of states that you respect the decisions they make. That includes a state like Florida, which passed a constitutional amendment saying marriage is between one man and one woman.”