Marco Rubio: "I don't believe sexual preference is a choice"

The GOP presidential contender tell "Face the Nation" he still doesn't believe in same-sex marriage

By Jenny Kutner
April 20, 2015 5:47PM (UTC)
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Marco Rubio (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio inadvertently started a competition of hypotheticals last week when he said he would attend a gay wedding if he were invited, despite his outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. Clarifying his apparently contradictory stance on marriage equality on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Rubio told host Bob Schieffer he does not believe homosexuality is a choice -- but, yes, still doesn't believe same-sex marriage should be legal across the country.

"It's not that I'm against gay marriage," Rubio began. "I believe the definition of the institution of marriage should be between one man and one woman."

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But, he added, he also believes sexuality isn't a choice. "I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people," the candidate said. "The bottom line is, I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with."

Watch Rubio on "Face the Nation" below:


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