Marco Rubio drags marriage equality vote as ‘waste of time,’ despite six Florida GOP congressional members supporting it

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Val Demings and all of Florida's House Democrats supported the Respect for Marriage Act.

Sen. Marco Rubio won’t vote for a bill preserving nationwide marriage equality. But most of Florida’s Representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of the legislation, including six Republicans.

Rubio, a Miami Republican up for re-election this year, told CNN’s Manu Raju that he won’t support the bill when it reaches the Senate floor and called it a “stupid waste of time.”

That presents a stark difference with Rep. Val Demings, his Democratic opponent in November. She voted in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act (HR 8404) when the House passed it.

“Equality under the law is an American value. We’re going to stand up for freedom and refuse to go back into a discriminatory past,” Demings said in a statement.

“A small group of politicians do not get to dictate America’s future in this government of the people. Every married couple must have fair and equal access to all of the benefits of marriage, from Social Security to veterans and military benefits to health care. I’ll always fight for your freedom and I’m proud to help support legislation to protect every American couple’s fundamental right to have their marriage treated as equal under federal law.”

The vote took place shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with Justice Clarence Thomas signaling in his concurring opinion that other precedent could be revisited, including the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that requires all 50 states to license same-sex marriages.

When he ran for President in 2015, Rubio suggested he would appoint justices that would overrule the same-sex marriage ruling as well.

But that’s a position increasingly being abandoned by members of his own party.

Every Democrat representing Florida in the House voted in favor of codifying same-sex marriage rights. On the Republican side, a majority voted against the bill, including Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Byron Donalds, Neal Dunn, Scott Franklin, Matt Gaetz, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Greg Steube and Daniel Webster.

But six Republicans in Florida’s delegation voted for the bill: Reps. Kat Cammack, Mario Díaz-Balart, Carlos Giménez, Brian Mast, María Elvira Salazar and Michael Waltz.

Four of those Representatives hail from South Florida districts, making Rubio the only Miami-area lawmaker representing Florida in Congress who remains opposed to the bill.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Elliott Offen

    July 20, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Shame on you Marco Boobio…

  • marylou

    July 20, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    What’s new? Marco has always thought voting for things his constituents want is a waste of time.

  • LuLu

    July 20, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Rubio is so out of touch! He and the Republicans in the House who voted against this bill should be voted out!

  • Mark Napier

    July 21, 2022 at 10:09 am

    I support marriage equality and I am an LGBTQ candidate for the purpose of transparency. Rubio is just all show. Too many candidates are nothing but Kardashian theatrics. Of the two, I would go with Val Demmings, but then I see her remarks yesterday and it makes me question her judgement as a former law enforcement officer. I do not support defunding the police, but I think more training is needed as not all departments are equal in that. I also think judicial reform is needed too. Our law enforcement place their lives on the line daily and a scene they are called to can dramatically take a turn for the worse. Incidentally I graduated from Federal Law Enforcement Training Center back in the day and Military Police Officer Advance Course from the military. Rubio bottom line needs to be replaced by someone better. In this case its an alternative that is really not the best choice either. Perhaps I should have ran against him than against Ted Deutch before he bailed one month after I filed for candidacy.

  • Don’t Look Up

    July 21, 2022 at 11:19 am

    The intransigence in Washington on reasonable gun control measures, on a woman’s personal health decisions, in global warming and on marriage equality – protecting transgender Americans is a Republican Problem!

    The easiest fix is to VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE.

  • Tjb

    July 21, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Is Marco supporting bills that will eliminate Social Security and Medicare, and raise taxes on working class Floridians?

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