Senator Marco Rubio,
As a Floridian and U.S. Citizen, I have to share with you that your lack of leadership on equal civil rights for all, and your stance on Human Rights for Americans, is disheartening.
In reference to your opposition of the Immigration Reform Bill Amendment by Sen. Patrick Leahy that "would give same-sex married couples the same immigration rights as opposite-sex married couples", you stated your personal opinion as the basis for opposing equal civil rights legislation that would allot not special rights but the "same" equal civil rights. You know what they say about opinions; yours, however, should not lead to my oppression. You seek "small government”, and so do I; it starts by big government not telling me whom to love and marry.
You said: “If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done” and you made it clear by saying “I’m off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.” These are your words, Senator.
Well, Sir, I'm glad it's clear that you find my having access to equal civil rights an inconvenience; but I hardly understand how you see having equal civil rights, and equal protection under the rule of law for ALL citizens, as a deal breaker. It's a shame you rationalize your opposing argument with premises based on opinion, rather than miring it in the foundations on which this country was founded. Florida deserves leadership that will focus on economic growth and protection of the civil liberties of all Floridians, not the backward thinking and shortsighted opinions which you are proposing as policy.
I've left you a voice message and I'd appreciate a phone call with your explanation as to why you feel my citizenship is worth less than yours. I would really like to know why as an American I should see your actions as anything other than a poor excuse for leadership in the U.S. Senate.
Edward Martí Kring