Florida Sen. Marco Rubio blasted Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg after he criticized the Republican’s response to a potential upcoming vote on marriage equality in the Senate.
Last week the House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act last week by a large bipartisan majority, 267–157, with all Democrats and 47 Republicans voting in favor.
But one Republican that is not on board is Rubio who called the vote a “stupid waste of time.”
CNN asked Buttigieg about the senator’s response.
“If he's got time to fight against Disney, I don't know why he wouldn't have time to help safeguard marriages like mine. Look, this is really important to a lot of people,” Buttigieg said. “It's certainly important to me.”
Buttigieg, who is gay and married, was referring to Rubio’s recent attacks on Disney and the company’s opposition to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.
"Disney doesn't say a word about the dictatorship in #China because it would cost them billions of $'s," Rubio tweeted in April. "But they have no problem using their corporate power to lie about laws passed by democratically elected legislators in #Florida."
Buttigieg continued in the CNN segment: “Our marriage deserves to be treated equally. And I don't know why this would be hard for a senator or a congressman. [...] a majority of House Republicans voted no. If they don't want to spend a lot of time on this. They can vote yes and move on. And that would be really reassuring for a lot of families around America, including mine.”
Rubio later attacked Buttigieg in a video posted to Twitter.
“We have our Harvard educated Transportation [...] who apparently never learned the difference between the state level and the federal level. The Disney fight was a state fight,” Rubio said. “Because our legislature rightfully passed a law that said that we don't want our public schools indoctrinating six and seven-year-olds in the transgender agenda, and I supported that law.”
Rubio then attacked Buttigieg’s performance as transportation secretary.
“I'm not going to focus on the agenda that’s dictated by a bunch of affluent elite liberals, and a bunch of Marxist misfits who sadly today control the agenda of the modern Democratic Party,” Rubio finished his tirade.
All four of South Florida’s Republicans in the House voted for RFMA.
Meanwhile in the Senate there are currently five senators who have indicated they may vote in favor of marriage equality. Those include Rob Portman of Ohio; Susan Collins of Maine; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Meanwhile Florida’s other senator, Republican Rick Scott, told CNN he will wait and see.