Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, on Thursday said that he's opposed to “special protections” for gays.

Rubio made his remarks to progressive blog Think Progress at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum.

When asked whether he supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Rubio suggested such a law would offer LGBT workers “special protections.”

“The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you'll be supporting that?” Scott Keyes asked Rubio from inside an elevator.

“I haven't read the legislation,” Rubio answered. “By and large I think all Americans should be protected, but I'm not for any special protections based on orientation.”

“What about on race or gender?”

“Well, that's established law,” Rubio, a Cuban-American, answered. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Marco Rubio threatens to pull support for immigration bill over gay rights.)