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.