Rubio asks Christians to show compassion to LGBTQ members

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Rubio Asks Christians to Show Compassion to LGBTQ Members

"I want to be clear with you: Abandoning judgment and loving our LGBT neighbors is not a betrayal of what the Bible teaches. It is a fulfillment of it," U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said during a speech.

Rubio wants some fellow conservatives to tone down their anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

Speaking to a meeting of evangelicals in Orlando, Rubio drew from Bible verses to encourage Christians to focus more on compassion and less on judgment when it comes to LGBTQ Americans.

Reminding the attendees of the historic persecution gays and lesbians had undergone in America, Rubio invoked Matthew 7:1 — "Judge not, that ye be not judged" — and called for a more sympathetic understanding of LGBTQ issues.

Rubio made his comments on the two-month anniversary of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people. Rubio was one of the first Republicans to call the shooting an attack on the gay community and initially cited it as one of the factors that caused him to reverse earlier pledges and run for re-election.

But Rubio also made it clear that he wasn't compromising his belief that marriage should be between one woman and one man — and his latest comments aren't likely to win him much favor in the LGBTQ community anyway.

The senator from Florida has an extensive anti-LGBTQ record, from opposing adoption by gay parents to voting against anti-discrimination protections in the workplace.

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NASHUA, NH - APRIL 17: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, speaks during a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee met to debate and vote on S.615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NASHUA, NH - APRIL 17: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stands with his wife, Jeanette Rubio, after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: People listen as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks as he announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) greets people after anounncing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waves to supporters after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stands with his wife, Jeanette Rubio, and children after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: People listen as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) annouces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: People listen as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) annouces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: A supporter of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waits for his arrival as it is anticipated that he will announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio would be one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: A supporter of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waits for his arrival as it is anticipated that he will announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rubio would be one of three Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democratic challenger for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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