U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), already mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate for 2016, said he believes homosexuality is a sin, but that he does not “pass judgement.”
“I can tell you what faith teaches and faith teaches that it is,” said Rubio, when asked by Politico’s Mike Allen earlier this week if homosexuality is a sin.
“That’s what the Bible teaches and that’s what faith teaches. But it also teaches that there area bunch of other sins that are no less,” said Rubio. “For example, it teaches that lying is a sin. It teaches that disrespecting your parents is a sin. It teaches that stealing is a sin. It teaches that coveting your neighbor and what your neighbor has is a sin. So there isn’t a person in this room that isn’t guilty of sin. So, I don’t go around pointing fingers in that regard.
“I’m responsible for my salvation and I’m responsible for my family’s, and for inculcating in my family what our faith teaches, and they’ll become adults and decide how they want to apply that in life. As a policy maker, I could just tell you that I’m informed by my faith. And my faith informs me in who I am as a person — but not as a way to pass judgment on people.”
As a lawmaker, Rubio has opposed allowing same-sex couples in Florida to adopt children, opposes the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, opposes marriage equality for same-sex couples, and opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would make it illegal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation.
Last month, Rubio recorded a robocall for the National Organization for Marriage’s failed campaign against marriage equality ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State.