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'Those of us who oppose gay marriage aren't bigots, bro!'

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Opponents of same sex marriage are naturally upset by yesterday's Supreme Court rulings, but what really has some of them cheesed off is the prospect of anyone accusing them of bigotry. Ignore our repeated actions, America. What's inside, that's what matters. Take Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote in his dissent: "It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race."

So back off-- nobody calls Justice Scalia hostes humani generis and gets away with it. Similarly, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who would like very much to be your president some day, seems to be on the same super-touchy page:

"My hope is that those of us who believe in the sanctity and uniqueness of traditional marriage will continue to argue for its protection in a way that is respectful to the millions of American sons and daughters who are gay. It is also my hope that those who argue for the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage will refrain from assailing the millions of Americans who disagree with them as bigots." 

To which Chris Joseph of the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, channeling Rubio, responds:

Those of us who oppose gay marriage aren't bigots, bro! We're TOTALLY about constitutional provisions and laws. This has NOTHING to do with our own religious beliefs and us wanting to force those beliefs on other people. That would be wrong. No, no. I'm just about tradition, and not at all involved with gay-hate groups, or basing my reasons on my personal belief that you will burn for all eternity if you're a gay. I mean, just because one believes that another person is doomed to an eternal place of darkness to suffer forever doesn't make me hateful at all! Pffft.

When one offers the world set-ups, one should expect punch lines.