Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday partially defended a new religious-freedom law in Indiana that critics say sanctions discrimination against same-sex couples.
At issue is an Indiana law, signed Thursday by Republican Gov. Mike Pence, that allows people (including businesses), when they're sued for discrimination, to argue that the allegedly discriminatory behavior was an expression of their faith. Supporters say that's a common-sense defense of the freedom to practice one's own religion, while critics say that it would give businesses legal cover for antigay discrimination.
Rubio, speaking on Fox News, appeared sympathetic to the former argument: "I think the fundamental question in some of these laws is should someone be discriminated against because of their religious views. So no one is saying here that it should be legal to deny someone service at a restaurant or a hotel because of their sexual orientation," he said.
"Should someone who provides a professional service be punished by the law because they refuse to provide that professional service to a ceremony that that they believe is in violation of their faith? I think people have a right to live out their religious faith in their own lives," Rubio said.