Dec 07, 2015 11:57 PM GMT
What about the 2002 GW Bush religious exemption in the same order? Will he reverse that too?
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has pledged to reverse President Obama’s executive order barring anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors, saying faith-based businesses are “being compelled to sin by government in their business conduct.”
Rubio made the remarks during Thanksgiving week in the same interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he said the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage is “not settled law.” The media outlet didn’t publish the portion of the interview in which Rubio talked about Obama’s order until Saturday.
After being questioned about maintaining religious freedom in the United States, which is considered code by conservatives to mean enabling anti-LGBT discrimination, Rubio said “there’s no doubt that we need to be extra vigilant now” about protecting religious liberty.
Much like Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, Rubio said his administration would have a Justice Department “that’s vigilant about ensuring that those who hold traditional values are not being discriminated against.”
“That includes reversing any administrative decisions made by this President that force religious, or religious motivated entities,” Rubio said. “You may not be owned by a church, but you are a religious school, or your mission is to spread the Gospel and adhere to God’s teachings. [I’d] ensure that people in the private sector and the not-for-profit sector are being protected in living out their faith.”
Rubio went on to discuss the Supreme Court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage and abortion rights, saying the next president must appoint justices who understand the U.S Constitution “is not a living and breathing document.”