Baldwin touts Senate elevator squabble with Rubio over same-sex marriage bill – only shares HER take

Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) squared off in the elevator this week after Baldwin confronted Rubio over a bill that would codify gay marriage into law — legislation Rubio told reporters is a “waste of time.”

Called the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and force the federal government to formally recognize the validity of same-sex marriages, and it comes in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, a reversal that Dems, including Baldwin, claim could lead to a reversal on gay marriage and prevent access to contraceptives.

After Rubio made his comment to reporters, Baldwin cornered him in the elevator and then went on CNN to proudly boast about it.

When asked on CNN on Thursday if she spoke to Rubio about his comment, Baldwin said, “of course I did.”

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“You probably would have loved to be on the elevator to see the exchange after,” she stated.

“I said that, ‘The recent Supreme Court decision eroded a constitutional right to privacy,” she said. “There’s a whole bunch of cases that have been decided based on a constitutional right to privacy that are in jeopardy,’ which he disagrees with. And anyways, I said we’ll be talking some more.”

While Baldwin did not share what Rubio said in return, Rubio doubled down on his “waste of time” stance when asked about the incident by Fox 13 on Friday.

“I don’t think we should be spending time on a non-issue and a non-problem,” the outspoken senator said. “It’s as simple as that. I just don’t. Not when people are paying $4.66 for gas. Not when inflation and prices for some of the most basic goods and services in our country are crushing middle class Americans.”

“This is just not real,” Rubio continued. “It’s a fake problem. I don’t vote for fake problems. I don’t vote to solve problems that don’t exist.”

“It’s important for the priorities of the people in Washington to be the priorities of the people that sent us there,” he stated.

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Earlier this week, 47 Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the bill in the House,” Fox News Digital reports.

“This legislation guarantees that no married couple can be denied equal protection under federal law,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the bill. “This is really very important from tax provisions to Social Security benefits and more, even if the Court were to erase marriage freedom, God forbid.”

But of course, as Nancy Pelosi well knows, the Supreme Court has no intention of erasing marriage freedom, any more than it sought to erase abortions.

The hysteria Pelosi is known for drumming up stems from the Due Process Clause and a concurring opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas.

As BizPac Review reported, Thomas stressed that the Court was not asked to weigh in on the Fourteenth Amendment or on the application of the Due Process Clause “in other, specific contexts,” and the decision to reverse Roe v. Wade should not “cast doubt” on any precedents “that do not concern abortion.”

“For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas stated. “Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous’… we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”

Those cited cases dealt with access to contraception, same-sex sex, and same-sex marriage.

But what Baldwin and Pelosi neglect to acknowledge is that, if the Supreme Court were to ever overturn the decision of same-sex marriage, it would simply return the power to legislate gay marriage to the states in the same way it did with abortion. And because literally no one is looking to break up married couples, the entire issue, as Rubio stated, is a problem that doesn’t exist.


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