With mere hours until the presidential election is officially underway, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has engaged in a last-minute push for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. With a jam-packed schedule delivering key-note addresses and participating in rallies in his home state of Florida, Rubio is now extending his influence to several key battle ground states with the news that he is being featured in robocalls placed by The National Organization of Marriage (NOM).
The National Organization for Marriage has begun a round of calls in several key swing states – like Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania – and states like Maine, Maryland and Washington, which on Tuesday, will vote on whether to uphold the gay marriage ban. Sen. Rubio is featured in the calls, alongside Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR).
Sen. Rubio, 41, made headlines with his endorsement of Mitt Romney earlier this year and has worked steadily over the course of the Romney campaign to secure Hispanic votes for the Republican presidential candidate.
Rubio’s recorded calls, says Brian Brown, president of the National Organization of Marriage, are part of a $50,000 campaign described as “the largest mobilization of traditional marriage voters in history.
“These calls from leaders in public life will remind voters to go to the polls, to protect marriage, and to support public officials who will do the same,” Brown said in a statement released Friday. “Along with advertising and other mobilization efforts we have undertaken, which are unprecedented in their scale, we are confident that Election Day 2012 will mark a triumph for marriage and family in the United States.”
Rubio, a Roman Catholic, went on the record about his opposition to same-sex marriage in an interview with Christianity Today published in June.
“In terms of the Bible’s interpretation of marriage, what our faith teaches is pretty straightforward. There’s not much debate about that. The debate is about what society should tolerate, and what society should allow our laws to be. I believe marriage is a unique and specific institution that is the result of thousands of years of wisdom, which concluded that the ideal—not the only way but certainly the ideal—situation to raise children to become productive and healthy humans is in a home with a father and mother married to each other. Does that mean people who are not in that circumstance cannot be successful? Of course not.
It’s not a discriminatory thing. I’m not angry at anyone because of it, but I also have to be honest about what I believe marriage should be in our laws.”
A recent NBC Latino/IBOPE Zogby survey revealed that a majority of Latino are in favor of gay marriage. When asked, 6 out of 10 Latinos in the sample agreed that same-sex couples have the right to marry.
Thirty eight percent said they disagree and 31 percent said they did so strongly.
Neither Sen. Marco Rubio’s office or the National Organization of Marriage returned requests for comment.