Marco Rubio surprises by speaking of perils of gay intolerance to anti-LGBTI group

Marco Rubio has served less than one term in the US Senate.

Staunch same-sex marriage opponent Marco Rubio gave a surprising speech today about tolerance of gay people to religious leaders at a gathering in Florida.

‘Do not judge, or you will be judged,’ the Republican senator said at the Pastors and Pews event in Orlando.

The event is sponsored by the anti-LGBTI American Renewal Project and Rubio had been criticized for participating – especially since the event falls on the two-month anniversary of the mass shooting at the nearby Pulse nightclub.

‘To love our neighbors we must recognize that many have experienced sometimes severe condemnation and judgment from some Christians,’ The New York Times reports that Rubio told the group. ‘They have heard some say that the reason God will bring condemnation on America is because of them — as if somehow God was willing to put up with adultery and gluttony and greed and pride, but now this is the last straw.’

Rubio, who is up for reelection, remained steadfastly against same-sex marriage. But his tone was far less strident than it was on the campaign trail earlier this year when he unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination.

‘When it comes to our brothers and our sisters, our fellow Americans, our neighbors in the LGBT community, we should recognize’ that American history ‘has been marred by discrimination against and rejection of gays and lesbians.’

Rubio and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had been criticized by LGBTI groups and others for appearing at the event.

It was just two months ago today that 49 people were shot to death at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse and 53 others were injured. It was the worst mass shooting in US history.

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