I remember the first time I saw Marco Rubio.
I was at my parents’ house last summer, watching the Republican convention (the things one must do for a career in politics), when I looked up at the TV to see who was speaking, saw some cherubic-faced yet-ageing man, and said to myself, “who’s that queen?”
It was clear to me that whoever was at the dais must be gay, and I thought, sigh, yet again the Republicans are doing their sotto voce embrace of minorities.
That’s when the chyron beneath the oh-so-self-important speaker announced that it was none other than Republican Senator from Florida, GOP presidential hopeful, and religious right darling, Marco Rubio.
So I find it interesting that Marco Rubio just sabotaged the career of a federal judge simply because the judge is gay.
I’m always intrigued when men who come off, to me at least, as rather-queer act out against gay people. It makes me wonder if they’re projecting – or less subtly, using their public homophobia as some kind of private beard to convince their followers (and themselves?) that they’re not really closet cases.
So I guess I wasn’t surprised to find out today that Marco Rubio – a man who thinks the age of the earth is “one of the great mysteries” (it’s not, the earth is 4.5bn years old) – just killed William Thomas’ nomination to the federal judiciary because Thomas is gay.
Rubio has been bigot-baiting for a while now. And whether he’s doing it as some kind of political cover to hide the fact that he comes across as awfully fey to some people, or whether Rubio is simply so stuck in the past that he thinks the only way a Republican can become president is by showing how much he hates 99% of the country, it’s simply not acceptable.
Oh, and it’s worth noting that Rubio denies that all of this is because Thomas is gay. But everyone knows it is. And Rubio isn’t exactly known for his veracity - his now-exposed lie about his family supposedly “escaping Castro’s Cuba” comes to mind. They didn’t.
Multiple documents signed by Rubio’s parents, including their petitions for naturalization, show that Mario and Oriales Rubio arrived in the United States on May 27, 1956, bringing with them their five-year-old son, Mario. Maternal grandfather Pedro Victor Garcia also came to the United States around the same time.
Castro took over in 1959.
Yes, Marco Rubio is as bad at his family history as he is at world history.
Had he been confirmed by the United States Senate, Judge Thomas would have become the first black openly gay man on the federal bench.
“As much as I would like to think that politics has nothing to do with this, it looks as if it does,” said Yolanda Strader, president of Miami’s largest association for black lawyers, who called Judge Thomas one of the hardest working on the bench. “It would be unfair to prevent a well-qualified judicial nominee from proceeding with the nomination process because he is an openly gay black male.”
Marco Rubio is the last person to be buttressing employment discrimination based on concerns about one’s sexual orientation.