He told Punchbowl News reporter Christian Hall yesterday that the bill addressed a “non-issue” and there was no need to take steps to protect same-sex marriage.“I don’t know why we’re doing that bill, there’s no threat to its status in America.“But I know plenty of gay people in Florida that are pissed off about gas prices,” he added.CNN’s Manu Raju also asked him about it.
Republican Rubio told him the legislation was a “stupid waste of time.”Marco Rubio told me that he is a NO on House’s same-sex marriage bill, calling it a “stupid waste of time”— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 20, 2022The House vote came about after the Supreme Court decided last month to overturn Roe v Wade, sending the issue of abortion back to individual states.
Many of those states have since made access to abortion highly restricted.Justice Clarence Thomas, in his opinion notes on that ruling, said the court should look again at Obergefell v.
Hodges. That 2015 SCOTUS ruling legalized same-sex marriage across the US.To help protect equal marriage, members of Congress introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in both chambers.