Buttigieg Goes After Senator Rubio Over the New Marriage Equality Bill

Buttigieg Goes After Senator Rubio Over the New Marriage Equality Bill

Sen Rubio’s Words Ignites Mayor Pete – He’s Having A Tantrum

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Congress is currently looking at a new marriage equality bill. The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) has already passed the US House and now moves to the Senate; if it becomes law, the legislation will codify the legal rights of interracial and same-sex couples to wed. Some Republican senators such as Marco Rubio (R-FL) have called the bill a “waste of time,” prompting Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who is married to another man, to push back.

The once-mayor of South Bend, Indiana offered some criticism to Rubio and other GOP senators regarding the passage of the RMA. Buttigieg joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” where he proclaimed he didn’t understand how his colleague didn’t “have time” to protect certain legal bonds, citing the lawmaker seemingly had time to “fight against Disney.”

The RMA came as Democrats voiced concern about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion on the court’s overruling of Roe v. Wade. In the decision, the conservative judge claimed the bench needed to address other precedents in connection with rights, naming marriage equality as one of them. Given the widespread public support of same-sex unions, Republicans are now in a tough spot as much of their base strongly believes the legal bond should be between a man and a woman.

However, unlike Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) who has endorsed the bill, though he feels it’s unnecessary, Rubio seemingly believes it’s not a good use of congressional resources.

The Florida Republican addressed the Transportation Secretary’s comments, claiming his opponent didn’t understand the difference between state and federal matters. Rubio noted there are bigger fish for the upper chamber of Congress to fry than Buttigieg’s “fake” problem.

Americans are still suffering from elevated gas prices, which in turn raises their cost of living across the board — certainly an area for the Secretary of Transportation to place his focus on. Perhaps that’s what Rubio meant when he made the comments about the bill. Or maybe the Florida lawmaker genuinely thinks it’s a waste of the federal government’s time and should instead be a problem for the states to consider.

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