Rand Paul Calls Federal Judge’s Kentucky Gay Marriage Ruling ‘Illegitimate’


Kentucky Senator Rand Paul released a statement following U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II’s ruling that Kentucky must recognize legal same-sex marriage from outside the state.

Said Paul:

"I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage. I also believe this power belongs to the states and the people, not the federal government. It is illegitimate for the federal courts to intrude here."

Governor Steve Beshear is hiring an outside counsel to defend the state's ban in the appeal of the ruling after Attorney General Jack Conway, in an emotional and tearful announcement, said he would not.


  1. Bart says

    “I believe…” Therefore it is illegitimate.

    Arrogant and ignorant. The poster boy for the Tea Party.

    Drag your sorry ass to the tar pit, Rand, the only thing illegitimate is your understanding of the Constitution.

  2. Hey Darlin' says

    He seems to be ignorant of the fact – States ARE free to rule themselves in certain instances, as long as they don’t violate the US Constitution in doing so. Having second class citizens without reasonable cause IS a violation of the US Constitution, no matter what anyone’s religion tells them.

    Using the façade of your chosen religion to deny equality is no longer a valid point.

  3. Hey Darlin' says

    The courts are upholding the correct legal response here. Unfortunately for some politicians they have become accustomed to using their power to bend justice in their favor.

  4. Gregory in Seattle says

    “I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage.”

    That would be polygamy, concubinage, and forcing a raped woman to marry her rapist, correct?

  5. Sean says

    Interracial marriage was legalized federally by the courts. Not by the legislature and not by an illegal unconstitutional popularity contest called a vote from a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of some citizens thinking the have the right to illegally control and interfere in the personal lives of other citizens.

    The Supreme Court has ruled 14 times that marriage is civil right (not a religious right) protected under the 14th amendment. They also ruled at several times that LGBT Americans are entitled to 1st and 14th amendment rights and protections AS WE ARE (not how anti-gay trash wants, allows, or approves – Anti-gay trash have NO say).

    It is 100% ILLEGAL – a violation of Constitutional law – for the government, state and federal, to impose religious anything through law. Properly educated, civilized, REAL Americans understand that.

    Get over it.

  6. woodroad34d says

    Someone who doesn’t have a grasp of reality…his “beliefs” aren’t reality…they’re the imaginings of a fevered and immature mind. He apparently hasn’t read a dictionary as to the meaning of legitimate or illegitimate.

  7. kdknyc says

    I’m amazed that anyone listens to this man. He always sounds like he’s smoked a dozen joints when he speaks. And the low IQ doesn’t help.

  8. Will says

    CANNY – that is the first thing that came to my mind too.

    Republicans are such hypocrites when it comes to marriage equality. I almost feel bad for the politicians because they aren’t “stupid” (Rand is a medical doctor – can’t be that dumb…) they are just representing a “stupid” base that uses selective religious quotes to discriminate.

  9. Jim in MN says

    And his ‘Opinion’ in this matter amounts to absolutely SQUAT. He can believe the earth is flat, but that doesn’t make it so. Or that its only 6,000 years old and that doesn’t make it true either. A Federal court has about a billion times more authority than this man’s “OPINION”, at least in our system of government. Maybe in crazy land, where Paul originates from its a bit different.

  10. says

    It’s funny, because if these judges decided the other way, you bet these Repubs would support the decisions of the courts…

    I get so tired of “my way, any way I can get it.”

  11. Chrislami says

    I also thought the TEA Party was against government waste of taxpayer dollars. The government hiring an outside counsel to spend taxpayer dollars on this instead of jobs and economy is waste Rand!

  12. Jere says

    What is really scary is that the man has aspirations to be president of the United States. One major qualification would be a working knowledge of our three branches of government. Individual states do have rights, within certain boundaries. They cannot trump the federal government or the US Supreme court.
    And which “historic and religious definition of marriage” does he believe? The one from 12 years ago (before MA had same sex marriage), from 45 years ago (before Loving vs Virginia), from 100 to 3,000 years ago (arranged marriages, property marriages, multiple marriages, or the kind where you could stone your wife to death for any infraction?)
    Rand, just STFU and keep religion out of politics, as our founding fathers saw fit to be done. It was the right thing to do then and is the right thing to do now.

  13. phluidik says

    Perhaps he forgets that our government is ‘for the people’, and ‘by the people’. That includes judges. Judges, who even more people have put into play to make calls like this. Herpa derpa. I think he forgot how to government.

  14. Craig says

    Here’s the deal Rand, as long as the federal government gives benefits to married couples it is a federal issue, not a state issue. If you want to introduce legislation that repeals federal benefits to all marriages then go for it. Otherwise just STFU.

  15. verbocityEric says

    Nullification? Seriously Rand? That dog don’t hunt. Southern states have been arguing that constitutional theory for 200 years and it’s never worked.
    if kentucky want to argue their appeal as a straight-on states’ rights question, let ’em try. But any argument that the state has an interest in keeping marriage purely hetero is DOA.

  16. JEFF YORK says

    I thought he believed in the Constitution above all else. Is it only when the Constitution agrees with him? Well Rand, you don’t really matter anyway, do you?

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