The answer from Rubio to the question in the headline is, of course, yes.
I think Josh Israel is probably correct, when he says of Sen. Marco Rubioâ€™s (R-FL) response to the question posed by Politicoâ€™s Mike Allen â€” â€œIs homosexuality a sinâ€ â€” that Rubio â€œsought to adopt what he must have viewed as a moderate position on LGBT equality.â€
Well, I can tell you what faith teaches and faith teaches that it is. And thatâ€™s what the Bible teaches and thatâ€™s what faith teaches. But it also teaches that there are a bunch of other sins that are no less. For example, it teaches that lying is a sin. It teaches that disrespecting your parents is a sin. It teaches that stealing is a sin. It teaches that coveting your neighbor and what your neighbor has is a sin. So there isnâ€™t a person in this room that isnâ€™t guilty of sin. So, I donâ€™t go around pointing fingers in that regard. Iâ€™m responsible for my salvation and Iâ€™m responsible for my familyâ€™s, and for inculcating in my family what our faith teaches, and theyâ€™ll become adults and decide how they want to apply that in life. As a policy maker, I could just tell you that Iâ€™m informed by my faith. And my faith informs me in who I am as a person â€“ but not as a way to pass judgment on people.
Saying that his faith informs his position as a policy maker sounds honest. Saying that it is â€œnot … a way to pass judgment on people,â€ doesnâ€™t.
From Josh Israel:
Rubio opposed allowing same-sex couples in Florida to adopt children. He opposed allowing gay and lesbian members of the Armed Services to serve openly. He opposes making it illegal to fire someone just for being LGBT.