Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Monday told a gay married man in New Hampshire that if he disagrees with his opposition to marriage equality, then he should change the law.

According to The New York Times, Timothy Kierstead, 50, was seated at a table in a crowded diner in Manchester with his mother and husband when the candidate walked up behind him.

“Why do you want to put me back in the closet?” he asked, a reference to Rubio's opposition to marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

“I don't,” Rubio replied. “You can live any way you want.”

Kierstead criticized Rubio's stance, saying it amounted to him declaring that “we don't matter.”

“No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman. I think that's what the law should be. And if you don't agree, you should have the law changed by a legislature,” Rubio replied.

After Kierstead replied that the law had changed, Rubio told him that he respects his view and walked away.

“Typical political,” Kierstead fumed. “Walk away.”

At the same diner, a 92-year-old woman asked Rubio whether Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was gay. “No,” Rubio answered with a chuckle.