Marco Rubio, Pete Buttigieg Trade Jabs Over Same-Sex Marriage
U.S Senator Marco Rubio from Florida and U.S Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg are engaging in a war of words over same-sex marriage.
Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act, by U.S Representative Jerry Nadler, which would guarantee marriage equality for same-sex couples and codify it as a right on a federal level.
Democrats introduced the bill after concerns about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion in a decision overturning Roe v. Wade, in which he also called on the possibility of the court revisiting other rights including marriage equality.
While supporters of the bill try to attain 10 votes from 10 Republican Senators so it can clear the Senate, Marco Rubio of Florida has labeled it a “waste of time,” drawing criticism from members of the Democratic Party, such as Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
"You probably would have loved to be on the elevator to see the exchange after," Baldwin told CNN on Thursday, adding: "of course I did" speak to him about the remark. https://t.co/rgwBRVJPYn
— CNN (@CNN) July 21, 2022
This past week, Buttigieg appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, telling the CNN broadcaster “I don’t know why this would be hard for a senator or a congressman,” while calling out the Florida Senator.
Buttigieg continued with a statement regarding his Republican colleagues, claiming “I don’t understand, because such a majority of House Republicans voted no on our marriage on as recently as Tuesday, hours after I was in a room with a lot of them talking about transportation policy, having what I thought were perfectly normal conversations with many of them on that subject, only for them to go around the corner and say that my marriage doesn’t deserve to continue.”
🔥 🎯PETE: “MY MARRIAGE DESERVES TO BE TREATED EQUALLY — I don’t understand why this is hard. If you don’t want to spend time on this, vote ‘YES’ and move on.” @PeteButtigieg says if @marcorubio has time to fight Disney he has time for this. (Every TN Rep voted NO😳) 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/R1u87fyWPN
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) July 24, 2022
In response to Buttigieg, Rubio pushed back with a Twitter video.
“Working Americans, of every background, struggle with real problems like gas prices and flight cancellations. But we have a Transportation secretary who wants us to focus on a fake problem and who went to Harvard but apparently doesn’t know the difference between state and federal issues.”
~ Marco Rubio
Working Americans,of every background,struggle with real problems like gas prices & flight cancellations
But we have a Transportation Secretary who wants us to focus on a fake problem & who went to Harvard but apparently doesn’t know the difference between state & federal issues pic.twitter.com/hI5rMKvwvX
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 24, 2022
Rubio later double downed on his statement in the video.
“I’m gonna focus on the real problems,” Rubio said. “I’m not gonna focus on the agenda dictated by a bunch of affluent elite liberals, and a bunch of Marxist misfits who sadly today control the agenda of the modern Democratic Party.”
“I’ll give you a real problem. We have a Transportation secretary named Pete Buttigieg, who believes that highways can be racist. Who believes that $5 gas, which is killing working Americans, is a great thing, because that means people are going to drive less or because everyone’s going to go out and buy a $65,000 electric car with a Chinese battery in it,” he said according to The Hill. ‘