Rand Paul Finally Airs His Grievances About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

Kentucky Senator and  2016 GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul has broken his silence on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states.

Rand PaulWrites Paul in a new essay published in TIME:

I acknowledge the right to contract in all economic and personal spheres, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a danger that a government that involves itself in every nook and cranny of our lives won’t now enforce definitions that conflict with sincerely felt religious convictions of others.

Some have argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling will now involve the police power of the state in churches, church schools, church hospitals.

This may well become the next step, and I for one will stand ready to resist any intrusion of government into the religious sphere.

Paul also complains that marriage has been ‘redefined’ and suggests that the government get out of the marriage business:

The government should not prevent people from making contracts but that does not mean that the government must confer a special imprimatur upon a new definition of marriage.

Perhaps the time has come to examine whether or not governmental recognition of marriage is a good idea, for either party.

Since government has been involved in marriage, they have done what they always do — taxed it, regulated it, and now redefined it. It is hard to argue that government’s involvement in marriage has made it better, a fact also not surprising to those who believe government does little right.

Until today, Paul was one of the few Republican candidates who had not yet expressed his displeasure with the ruling. You can read what Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker had to say HERE.

Comments

  1. Mike says

    I just want to point out that Rand Paul has been married for 25 years and has enjoyed the rights, benefits, and protections of government marriage for that time. Now that same sex couples have the same access to those rights, benefits, and protections, he wants to strip them away from all people.

    A simpler way of putting it: he’s had his fun playing with his toys, but he would rather smash them to pieces than let other kids play with them.

    He’s basically a petulant child who has no place trying to run a country.

    • Gianni says

      I nicknamed him Jheri Curl a long time ago. His hair is somewhat unkempt.
      He’s just another republican suck-up to the religious right. He needs their votes so he’s busy kissing ass no matter how nonsensical his statements.

  2. says

    The marriage license is THE contract. Heterosexual couples were not required to jump over the same legal hurdles gay couples were forced to jump over at the demand of anti-gay swine.

    Church schools and hospitals that receive tax funding will kiss the hand of every tax paying citizen (figuratively speaking) that feed them. When you receive tax funding your school and hospital becomes the property of the people – ALL of the people, therefore you will NOT discriminate against ANY of the people. This is NOT negotiable.

    SCOTUS ruled 14 times (15 now) that marriage is a 14th amendment civil right. They also ruled 4 times now that gay Americans are entitled to 1st, 5th, and 14th amendment rights AS WE ARE – not how arrogant, ignorant, anti-gay, anti-freedom, barbarian, fascist, bigot dross with uncivilized and un-American superiority and control complexes allow and approve. Get over it and get a life that actually provides something of value to this world.

  3. says

    Like it or not Randy, a Marraige LICENSE is a government document that has nothing to do with religion. It confers upon you a whole host of LEGAL rights, privileges and responsibilities. No couple is required to receive a religious blessing on their union (and many don’t) but in order to be LEGALLY married you must get a license. If anybody should get out of the Marraige business its churches since some of them seem to want to be picky about who they let in.

  4. Ready says

    The only thing that has been redefined is “religious freedom”. It never meant an excuse to discriminate and ignore laws you don’t like until recently.

    It’s not like same sex marriage never happened before Friday morning – it was legal for over 10 years in MA and 70% of the country lived in a place that allowed same sex marriage. And no churches were forced to marry any same sex couples. It’s all a lie – and when nothing like that happens, I’ll bet all these men take credit for “protecting religious freedom”.

    And a government employee refusing to help all customers equally for religious reasons is like a supermarket cashier refusing to ring up any pork products because it is against his/her religion. If you feel that strongly about it, you have the wrong job.

  5. Kieran says

    Rand Paul sounds more like Anderson Cooper on gay issues compared to most of the American Taliban fanatics running to get the GOP establishment nod. Paul doesn’t even want to attack more Muslim countries in the Middle East for crying out loud. What kind of republican is he?

  6. RonCharlesRonCharles says

    The idea that the government should get out of the marriage business is nonsense from the very start. Outside of a small group of hardcore conservatives and libertarians, there is no support for it, certainly not amongst the majority of Americans.

  7. KC says

    So… what if you threw a crisis and nobody came? What if there wasn’t a massive show of force by State Police to persecute and crush religions organizations and churches? What if, as is likely, life just goes on, if not gets just a little bit better for so many, today and into the future? That would be a tough day for the likes of Rand Paul and so many of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls. What if marriage equality became a huge non-issue, one that wouldn’t be worthy of a Party Plank at the 2016 GOP convention? Ouch.

  8. says

    Well, let’s have heterosexual couples give up the 1138 benefits, rights, and protections that go along with marriage FIRST. After all, there are so many more straight couples than gay couples.

    Once again, these people are confusing CIVIL marriage with some religious ceremony. If you want both, fine. If you don’t, fine. But only civil marriage has any kind of standing under the civil law that everyone is governed by in this country.

  9. Acronym Jim says

    The Supreme Court struck a blow for individual liberties.

    Is Rand Paul no longer a proponent of libertarian ideals?

    Full disclosure: I’m not a Libertarian, though I have been characterized as a libertine. However, as a Terry Pratchett fan, I prefer to classify myself as a librarianist.

  10. Randy says

    Religious intrusion into people’s lives is every bit as anti-libertarian as government intrusion into people’s lives, and Rand knows this. The fact that he so readily panders to the Republican base shows how out-of-touch that party is, and how unprincipled and therefore untrustworthy he is.

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