Marco Rubio to Social Conservatives: ‘Do Not Judge, or You Will be judged’

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is running for reelection after originally saying he wouldn’t, spoke to the Florida Renewal Project, a Christian conservatives group, and encouraged them to be more tolerant towards LGBT Americans.

The New York Times reports:

Using the shorthand “L.G.B.T.” several times, Mr. Rubio told the group that the perception that many Christians are anti-gay is harming their faith. He urged them to resist passing judgment on gays.

“Do not judge, or you will be judged,” he said, echoing a verse from the Bible.

According to reports, his speech highlighted the history of discrimination against gays and lesbians.

He then walked through a list of examples that included discriminatory hiring practices by the federal government, raids of gay establishments by the police and the proliferation of anti-gay slurs.

During his presidential campaign earlier this year, Rubio repeatedly stated his opposition to redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, a view he still holds today.

Rubio’s primary is on August 30.

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Stephen N. Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered to fulfill their God-given potential, collaborate with others, and take ownership in the well-being and success of their communities. He helps emerging leaders inspire others and influence change. Stephen founded OUTSET in 2014 and currently serves as the network's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily writes about civic and political engagement, education, media, and culture. He also hosts a self-titled podcast on which he speaks to young conservative leaders in activism, business, and media. In addition to OUTSET, Stephen is a communications specialist and leadership coach. Originally from Houston, Stephen now lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.