Rubio: ‘Abandon’ Judgment of LBGT Americans

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) encouraged Christians to “abandon a spirit of judgment” of LBGT Americans, which he said would not violate the teachings of the Bible.

“To love our neighbors, we must recognize that many have experienced sometimes severe condemnation and judgment from some Christians. They have heard some say that the reason God will bring condemnation on America is because of them as if somehow God was willing to put up with adultery, and gluttony, and greed and pride, but now, this is the last straw,” Rubio said in a recent speech at a conference held by the American Renewal Project, a group of conservative religious leaders focused on influencing public policy, in Orlando, Fla.

“To love our neighbors, we must abandon a spirit of judgment. Do not judge or you will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged and with a measure you use it will be used to measure you. And we should remember not to ignore the plank in our own eye,” he added.

“I want to be clear with you,” the former GOP presidential candidate continued. “Abandoning judgment and loving our LGBT neighbors is not a betrayal of what the Bible teaches, it is a fulfillment of it.”

To support his position, Rubio said Jesus has showed Christians how to abandon judgment.

“Jesus showed us that we do not have to endorse what people do in order to accept them for who they are – children of a loving and a merciful God,” he said.

“When he came upon a woman accused of adultery, something that at the time that was punishable by death, he stepped forward and confronted the cultural norms of that time and saved her life, because, while he may not have agreed with what she was doing, he saw her value as his child. For after all, he was God made man.”

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), who is running for Rubio’s Senate seat, had called on Rubio to withdraw from the American Renewal Project event and “apologize to the LGBT community.”

“Throughout the week, LGBT advocates, community leaders, and Floridians throughout our state have done the same, but Marco Rubio refuses to listen,” Murphy said on Aug. 12. “Today marks the two-month anniversary of the Pulse tragedy, and this anti-LGBT event is taking place just miles from where it occurred.”

“For Florida’s senator to stand alongside these homophobic leaders and his bigoted candidate for president is a disgrace,” he added. “Marco Rubio should do the right thing for Florida’s LGBT community for once in his career and not attend this hateful event.”

The Human Rights Campaign echoed Murphy's criticism.