Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned that advocacy of same-sex marriage will eventually turn into a full-on assault on the teachings of the Catholic Church.
“We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” Rubio said in an interview with CBN News published on Tuesday. “Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.”
Rubio added that eventually the teachings of the Catholic Church will be under attack.
“After they are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that
the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church is hate speech and there’s a real and present danger,” Rubio continued.
Gay rights and same-sex marriage have become persistent issues among 2016 Republican presidential candidates. Virtually the entire GOP field recently sided with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) in defending a controversial religious freedom law in Pence’s state that would have let businesses refuse to serve gay people based on religious objections.
In April, Rubio told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that although he defines marriage as between a man and a woman, he would go to a gay or lesbian wedding of someone close to him.
This post has been updated to clarify Rubio’s argument.