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Rand Paul: I Don't Mind if the Federal Government is 'Neutral' on the Issue of Gay Marriage - VIDEO


FOX News' Chris Wallace asked Kentucky Senator Rand Paul this morning if he felt that the Supreme Court striking down DOMA would mean too much federal interference in a states' rights matter.

Said Paul:

You know, I think it's a really complicated issue. I've always said that the states have a right to decide. I do believe in traditional marriage, Kentucky has decided it, and I don't think the federal government should tell us otherwise. There are states that have decided in the opposite fashion, and I don't think the federal government should tell anybody or any state government how they should decide this. Marriage has been a state issue for hundreds and hundreds of years.

DOMA is complicated, though, because DOMA does provide protection for the states from the federal government. But, then, you're right, part of it federalizes the issue.

I think there's a chance the court could strike down the federalization part of it. If they do, I think the way to fix it is maybe to try to make all of our laws more neutral towards the issue, and, I don't want the government promoting something I don't believe in. But I also don't mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue.    You know, the tax code, I'm for a flat income tax and we wouldn't have marriage as part of the tax code. Health insurance, I think there is a way to write it where it would be neutral and you wouldn't bring marriage into the whole idea of health insurance.


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  1. Do these people deliberately pretend like Loving v. VA never happened or are they just ignorant of history beyond 1985?

    Posted by: aneas taint | Mar 24, 2013 4:31:44 PM

  2. "hundreds and hundreds of years."


    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 24, 2013 4:33:12 PM

  3. He is stupid beyond description. People like him would also be in favor of slavery and segregation as long as it's the states who decide to have it.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 24, 2013 4:34:36 PM

  4. "Marriage has been a state issue for hundreds and hundreds of years."

    And that's where Rand Paul's education ended, just before the end of the American Civil War, civil rights and LONG before the end of miscegenation laws. What a fuckwit.

    Posted by: ESA | Mar 24, 2013 4:35:46 PM

  5. In general, states need to stop pretending that they are independent countries. This isn't the 18th century and giving tiny states so much local autonomy is impractical in a modern society. You can't have legal contracts invalidated just because you travel from one area to another. Why bother even calling it "united" states?

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 24, 2013 4:39:26 PM

  6. Compared to other Republicans he is sadly sane. He may be in the bottom of the sane category, and the best in the insane category.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Mar 24, 2013 5:02:46 PM

  7. no thank you.

    Posted by: HkFca | Mar 24, 2013 5:02:47 PM

  8. every time the Right makes comments like this it underlines how furious they still are at having been forced to Integrate.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2013 5:16:36 PM

  9. the man is a total ass.

    Posted by: Kevin thor | Mar 24, 2013 5:21:47 PM

  10. It's this: he can read poll results. He covers his bases by saying he doesn't support same-sex marriage, but everyone knows what's happening.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 24, 2013 5:22:55 PM

  11. sigh......

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 24, 2013 5:26:14 PM

  12. Who cares what this bad representative of the Hair Club for Men says? He is an absolute ass
    -but sadly he is on the high end of the insane meter in the RNC.

    Posted by: nick | Mar 24, 2013 5:34:14 PM

  13. Double-speak.

    So, equality is not about achieving neutrality of effect of laws, or more importantly, between actual living humans rather than some abstract in this guy's head?

    If you start at the 50 meter mark, and I start at the starting line in a 100 meter dash, are the laws "neutral' to ignore that fact?

    If a gay couple in New York state gets married, versus one in Kentucky, is the law starting at neutral by ignoring the fact that Kentucky will not recognize the marriage?

    Posted by: nonapologies | Mar 24, 2013 5:38:09 PM

  14. Steve, he IS in favor of slavery and segregation. Quite unambiguously.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2013 5:46:25 PM

  15. Rand Paul

    Posted by: Nghe Lam | Mar 24, 2013 8:32:15 PM

  16. nonapologies--Awesome comment. I too am tired of the "let's just get government out of the marriage business" position being used by some on the right now. Married straight couples would have no idea what hit them if they suddenly had to give up all the rights they've enjoyed.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 24, 2013 9:18:45 PM

  17. I'm so sick of this arrogant SOB. He's obviously still trying to cling into that anti-gay characteristic of his party and refusing that the wind has the changed the direction. I can't not wait for the day Hilary Clinton whoop this spoiled politician's child on the 2016 election.

    Posted by: jeremyrain | Mar 24, 2013 9:26:05 PM

  18. I just have to laugh at the stupidity and the blatant double standard.

    Marriage: let the state decide,we do not want interference from the federal government.

    Guns: my local legislature better not even think about gun control. The second amendment clearly sys states need to stay off it.

    Posted by: Lindoro Almaviva | Mar 24, 2013 9:27:58 PM

  19. He just seems dumber every time he opens his mouth.

    Posted by: Pitt90 | Mar 24, 2013 11:08:04 PM

  20. One 80ft. piece of hair, wrapped around and around until it almost looks like a head of hair...almost. And all the while some gay person is up there wrapping angel hair pasta on Rand's shinny little top.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Mar 24, 2013 11:48:54 PM

  21. Actually he didn't say the federal government should be neutral on gay marriage but should be neutral on marriage. Basically rather than just have the federal government recognize a legal state marriage he just doesn't want the Federal government deal with marriage at all rather than have it recognize something he doesn't agree with, which is gay marriage.

    Posted by: Rillion | Mar 25, 2013 1:01:14 AM

  22. And ye harm none, do what you will....what is main cause of the uproar about " marriage ", gay or not? MONEY! I'm sure there are those who feel that it is for another " cause " but the main factor is financial gain, so if we take marriage out of the tax code and make code " neutral ", then maybe this whole gay marriage would fade away and we could get in to more important subjects that truly does effect the price of eggs, and get away from these smoke screens topics, let people live there " own " lives, and let government do what it is suppose to, one of which is to stay out of our personal lives. Government is not God, and when it thinks that it is, all of us are ar its mercy, or lack there of, unless you have pathetically sad.

    Posted by: Dennis | Mar 25, 2013 7:49:01 AM

  23. Bland Paul - all of a sudden he doesn't seem to mind a whole lot of things.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 25, 2013 9:18:27 AM

  24. The Supreme Court determines constitutionality and nothing more and applies to the entire country. That is the purpose of the SC and they are the ruling member to make sure federal and STATE laws are constitutional. Rand Paul is another one of those repugs that thinks that they should have the power to overrule the SC and act as supreme beings. That is the mentality of someone losing ground while trying to force THEIR definition of religion on the masses.......the masses include Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists, athiests and agnostics. Sounds like oppression and smacks of Nazism.

    Posted by: Tothepoint | Mar 25, 2013 11:35:48 AM

  25. Rand never says anything until the squirrel pinned to the top of his head whispers into his ear.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 25, 2013 12:04:04 PM

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