Marco Rubio really, really, really wants to be the GOP nominee

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Marco Rubio made it unmistakably clear yesterday that he wants to be the GOP nominee in 2016 so badly he is willing to touch the third rail of American politics (the radical homosexual agenda) to get there. In fact, he wants to be president badly enough he’s actually willing to campaign on the GOP platform.

Speaking at the Catholic University of America, Rubio said that defining marriage is a matter our Constitution leaves to the states, and no judge has the moral or legal right to disenfranchise voters who have decided this issue at the ballot box.

Said Rubio,

States have always regulated marriage in America. State legislatures have a right, a constitutional right to change those regulations. But that right to define and regulate marriage is a two-way street. Americans like myself who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have a right to work to keep traditional definition of marriage in our laws without seeing them overturned by a judge.

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Along the way, he also took a clear and uncompromising stand for the sanctity of human life.

Rubio knows he knee-capped himself through his disastrous miscalculation on amnesty. He seemed to think that heading up the effort to reward criminal trespassers was his ticket to the White House. He was quickly disabused of that notion, and is now seeking to make amends to that part of the electorate which is essential to any GOP hopeful: the pro-life, pro-marriage base of the Republican party.

Well, better late than never. He’s now thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of the GOP field. There is no chance the evangelical base will turn out for anyone who does not openly and vigorously support natural marriage and openly rebuke activist judges who impose their own twisted morality on the American people on this issue. So far, Mike Huckabee and Rubio are the leaders of the pack on this score, with Gov. Perry of Texas running a close third.

Scott Walker of Wisconsin has gone soft on the issue of same-sex marriage and other contenders have been largely quiescent on the matter. That’s not going to cut it for long.

Gov. Perry can leapfrog the entire pack by doing what no one else in the field has the opportunity to do: defy a federal court ruling overturning his state’s marriage amendment.

Perry is still waiting for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule, but it is a likelihood to a virtual certainty that the black-robed oligarchy will affirm sexual deviancy and marriage based on the infamous crime against nature. If that happens, Perry can defy the court’s ruling and refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses or to recognize same-sex marriages in the Lone State state.

Were Perry to do this – fulfill his oath of office by upholding the state constitution (which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman) and by upholding the federal constitution (which gives no authority to any branch of the central government to dictate marriage policy to the states) – he would immediately jump to the head of the field.

The immigration crisis is one other opportunity Perry has to set himself apart from the field. He is sending National Guard troops to the border, but they have no authorization at this point to arrest or detain criminal trespassers. Were Perry to authorize them to use their weapons if necessary to protect “the security of a free State,” as the Second Amendment guarantees his right to do, he would become the next president of the United States.

At any rate, with Rubio setting the pace on social issues, the game is on. Let the debate begin.

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association. He has degrees from Stanford University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He pastored for 25 years in Idaho, where he served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate and co-authored Idaho's marriage amendment. He came to AFA in 2009.

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