February 27, 2012
According to a Buzzfeed exclusive, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the Roman Catholic who attends a nondenominational church in Miami, was baptized with his family into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was 8 and remained active in the Mormon church for several years. He and his family ultimately returned to the Catholic church, but Rubio has never requested that his name be removed from the LDS rolls, meaning he is probably still technically considered a member. The revelation could complicate Rubio's political future at a time when many Republicans consider him a top pick for the 2012 vice presidential candidacy. Mitt Romney's Mormonism and Rubio's Catholicism would be the first two members of minority religious traditions on a Republican ticket in American history -- and Rubio's Mormon roots could further complicate the equation.