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Marco Rubio: U.S. needs to do more to help gay men being persecuted in Chechnya

From the Senate floor on Tuesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, called on the U.S. to do more to help stop the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

Reports of police in Chechnya, a Muslim-majority republic of Russia, torturing and killing men suspected of being gay or bisexual started appearing earlier this month.

Rubio called on the U.S. government to "do more to ensure that all people are protected and those who harm them are held responsible."

"We should use our voice on the global stage to call attention to these horrifying acts and to ensure that they are condemned in an appropriate way, ultimately in the hopes that they will be stopped," Rubio said.

"There have been reports in the past of similar abuses, although these reports seem to be the most brutal and should provoke anger in all of us," Rubio said. "We should never, ever tolerate human rights violations against any person for their political views, their religious beliefs, or their sexual orientation."

Russian newspaper Novaya Gaceta broke the story, reporting that more than 100 men have been detained and three killed in the anti-gay campaign, including several well-known local television personalities and religious figures. The men are reportedly being held in six "concentration camps."

It should be noted that Rubio's voting record on LGBT rights has earned the former presidential candidate a zero rating on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) latest Congressional Scorecard.

(Related: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio score zero on HRC survey of LGBT support.)
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