Monday, June 22, 2015

Senator Rubio's office unwilling or unable to provide a copy of an anti-gay bill that he is co-sponsoring

Marco Rubio

The point is that several Republican candidates for President of the United States … believe that supporting an anti-gay measure advances their cause.

Senator Marco Rubio (my junior senator) is a cosponsor of Senate Bill 1598, the odious so-called “First Amendment Protection Act” which seems to be just another license to discriminate bill. Rubio's DC office claims that they cannot provide me with a copy of the bill because the text has not yet been provided to the Library of Congress. Apparently Archbishop Cordileone has the text. According to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops the archbishop said:
It is becoming apparent that some who promote marriage redefinition do not support the coexistence and tolerance of different ideas in a pluralistic society but instead have a ‘comply or else’ agenda. … As a non-discrimination Act, FADA would protect these individuals and organizations from federal government discrimination.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Mike Lee. The companion bill, HR 2802, is sponsored by Representative Raul Labrador of Idaho. Lee and Labrador are both Mormons. I would wager that senior leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have copies of the bill. It seems that conservative Mormons are again uniting with conservative Catholics to oppress gay people.

These bills aren't going anywhere. They have only 18 cosponsors in the Senate and 57 in the House out of a total  of 100 and 435 respectively. Obama's not going to sign on.

That's not the point. Nor is the disorganization and incompetence of Rubio's staff important. The point is that several Republican candidates for President of the United States (notwithstanding their probability of success) believe that supporting an anti-gay measure advances their cause. In doing so they have aligned with the religious right which continues to have considerable sway over at least the pronouncements of the Republican Party. For LGBT citizens to achieve full social equality that has to change.

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