What do you do to pass time when you find yourself in an elevator with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)? If you enjoy getting disappointing answers to questions about extending basic worker safeguards to LGBT individuals, then you ask him where he stands on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Which is precisely what Scott Keyes from ThinkProgress did on Thursday after catching up with the senator at the Faith and Freedom Forum; Rubio's answer was predictably terrible:
SCOTT KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you’ll be supporting that?
MARCO RUBIO: I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.
KEYES: What about on race or gender?
RUBIO: Well that’s established law.
Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at email@example.com.