Monday, February 8, 2016

Marco Rubio Confronted by Married Gay Voter in New Hampshire

Senator Marco Rubio got confronted head-on by a married gay New Hampshire man today at the Puritan Backroom diner in Manchester, NH, over the issue of gay marriage. The man was eating lunch with his husband and mother when the Republican presidential candidate walked by:
The voter, who identified himself as Timothy Kierstead, was seated at a table with his mother and his husband when Mr. Rubio walked up behind him, according to pool reports of the encounter. During a brief conversation, Mr. Kierstead, 50, told Mr. Rubio that he was married but complained that the senator’s position amounted to him declaring that “we don’t matter.”
 
Mr. Rubio, who was standing with his youngest son, Dominick, 8, by his side, gently disagreed. “No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”
 
“Well,” replied Mr. Kierstead, “that’s your belief.”
 
Mr. Rubio continued: “I think that’s what the law should be. And if you don’t agree you should have the law changed by a legislature.”
Keep in mind that New Hampshire's legislature actually did change the law to legalize same-sex marriage.

Rubio patted Kierstead on the shoulder after saying "I respect your view."

You can watch the brief exchange here.

This is the type of interaction that really annoys me. People like Senator Rubio think that this is just a difference of opinion. People like Timothy Kierstead recognize that this is actually about his family.

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