Rand Paul’s Comments on Marriage

There has been a lot of buzz online about comments that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made about same sex marriage on The Glenn Beck Program yesterday.  I wanted to share this email that was forwarded to me last night. It’s from his communications director, Moira Bagley –

Good afternoon,

Earlier today, Sen. Paul appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio program and the topic of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA came up and Sen. Paul made a comment that was unfortunately taken out of context by a number of media outlets. Please consider the following quote, attrib to me, which should clear up any confusion.

“Sarcasm sometimes doesn’t translate adequately from radio conversation. Sen. Paul did not suggest that striking down DOMA could lead to unusual marriage arrangements. What he was discussing was that having the state recognize marriage without definition could lead to marriages with no basis in reality.”

I also wanted to call your attention to more pertinent comments Sen. Paul made today regarding the DOMA decision.

From ABC News:

“As a country we can agree to disagree,” Paul said today, stopping for a moment to talk as he walked through the Capitol. “As a Republican Party, that’s kind of where we are as well. The party is going to have to agree to Disagree on some of these issues.”

Paul said he agreed with Kennedy, whom he called “someone who doesn’t just want to be in front of opinion but wants government to keep up with opinion.” He said Kennedy “tried to strike a balance.”


From USA Today:

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in an appearance on conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s radio program, likewise echoed the call for opponents of the decision to focus on individual states. “The good side to this ruling is that they have affirmed to states that this is a state issue and states can decide,” he said, offering this message to people who oppose recognition of gay marriage: “The battle is going to be lost at the federal level. Concentrate on your state.”


From Newsmax:

“I think we can agree to disagree,” Paul added. “That’s what our Founding Fathers talked about when they talked about federalism: that each state would be an incubator of its own ideas and would be given the freedom to have different laws to some degree.”