Sen. Rand Paul doubts Obama’s views on marriage 'could get any gayer' [Opinion: The Arena]

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul

Kentucky’s junior senator, Republican Rand Paul, gave a little talk in Iowa last Friday to the 12th annual meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Christian conservative non-profit that opposes same-sex marriage.  He drew big laughs from the crowd, when he  mocked President Barack Obama's recent statements in support of gay marriage.

Rand Paul Think Progress.jpg“The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage,” Senator Paul said.  “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.”

"It did kind of bother me though that he used the justification for it in a biblical reference," he added.  "He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage. And I'm like, ‘what version of the Bible is he reading?’...I don't know what version he's getting it from."

newsweek-obama-gay.jpgSen. Paul continued: "Now that doesn't mean we need to be harsh and mean and hate people...But that doesn't mean that we have to go ahead and give up our traditions. We've got 6,000 years of tradition."  "The family is a really important thing. We shouldn't just give up on it," he said.

The senator repeatedly used the word “sin” in reference to the topic, telling the crowd, “We understand sin and we understand that people sin.”  But he cautioned that people do not have to resort to “hateful dogma,” to preserve religious traditions.  “Beyond religion, there's stability in the family unit,” he said. “We shouldn't just give up on it.”

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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