Buttigieg rips Rubio for having ‘time to fight Disney’ but not for protecting same-sex marriage

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On Sunday, Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg slammed Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for having time to feud with Disney, while failing to support a bill to codify same-sex marriage.

During an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’, Buttigieg, who shares twins with husband Chasten Buttigieg, was asked if he had a message for Senate Republicans, namely Rubio , R-Fla., who remarked to a reporter that a vote to codify same-sex marriage was a “dumb waste of time.”

“If he has time to fight Disney, I don’t know why he wouldn’t have time to help protect marriages like mine,” Buttigieg told CNN host Jake Tapper. “Look, this is really, really important to a lot of people. It’s definitely important to me.”

“I started my day like I try to do on weekends, I try to give Chasten a little break and have breakfast with our two twins. And that alone is not a small matter, as all parents of young children know,” Buttigieg says. “It was one of those days where the tray table didn’t quite fit the high chair, and I’m trying to make sure they’re busy enough with their little bites of cereal to give me enough time to chop the banana and prepare the formula – and that half hour of my morning made me think about how much I depend on and rely on my spouse every day.”

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg delivers remarks during Plenary II: State of Black America: Combating the Threat to Civil Rights &;  Democracy at the National Urban League Conference on July 22, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg delivers remarks during Plenary II: State of Black America: Combating the Threat to Civil Rights &; Democracy at the National Urban League Conference on July 22, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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“And our marriage deserves to be treated the same,” he said. “And me I don’t know why it would be difficult for a senator or a congressman. I don’t understand how such a majority of House Republicans voted against our marriage as recently as Tuesday, hours after I was in a room where a lot of them were talking about transportation policy, which I thought to be perfectly normal conversations with a lot of them about it, only for them to walk around the corner and say my marriage doesn’t deserve to continue.”

“If they don’t want to spend a lot of time on it, they can vote yes and move on. And that would be really reassuring for a lot of families across America, including mine,” he said. he adds.

In a year of midterm elections, Democrats campaigned to codify federal protections for birth control and same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

In his opinion reversing Roe last month, Judge Clarence Thomas wrote that the court should now consider other precedents. He cited rulings that affirmed the rights of same-sex marriage in 2015, intimate same-sex relationships in 2003, and the use of contraceptives by married couples in 1965.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaks at the 2022 Florida Republican Party Victory Dinner in Hollywood, Florida on July 23, 2022.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaks at the 2022 Florida Republican Party Victory Dinner in Hollywood, Florida on July 23, 2022.
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The House voted Tuesday to codify federal protections for same-sex marriage, with 47 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the measure. 157 Republicans voted no on the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act”.

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At least 10 Republicans will need to support the measure in the Senate to circumvent the filibuster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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