June 5th, 2007
09:47 PM ET
7 years ago

Paul: Homosexuality is not the issue

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - Should gays and lesbians be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military? The audience applauded Texas Rep. Ron Paul's answer.

"We don't get our rights because we're gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way," Paul said.

"If there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual sexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with.

"So it isn't the issue of homosexuality. It's the concept and the understanding of individual rights," he said.

Paul called the current "don't ask,don't tell" policy, implemented during the Clinton adminstration, "a decent policy."

What do you think?

–CNN.com writer Kristi Keck

Filed under: Race to '08 • Ron Paul • Uncategorized
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Amanda, Floresville, Texas

    Paul is absolutely right, it's not a matter of homosexuality. But is't not a matter of human rights across the board, either. It's a matter of right and wrong. Within each of us is ingrained the morals of right and wrong according to the One Who established good and evil. The Truth of it is simple, we were designed to be with only one person of the opposite gender, the gender they were born with. Anything different is blatant rejection of one's purpose and design and, calls for judgement. It is important for us to realize that loving the person is one thing, accepting, even condoning their lifestyle is quite another. One thing is certain, I will not support a man with such an answer as he gave to this topic. Remember: freedom is not the right to do what we want, but the power within to do what we ought.

    June 5, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Nick, Urbana IL

    I think Ron Paul describes "don't ask, don't tell" as "a decent policy" because of thinking in terms of group rights instead of individual rights. If we thought in terms of individual rights, gays and lesbians serving in the military would be no problem.

    June 5, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Tom, Newtown CT

    Reason feels good. Out of the voraceous pack of presidental candidates only Ron Paul seems to give reason any consideration. That's why regardless of party lines, he's the only person to be nominated that I can support, and still sleep comfortably at night.

    It's not up to them what we want or need. It's up to us. Does anyone but Ron Paul look likely to leave us alone and let us choose our own lives, for better or worse? I thought not.

    June 5, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Ed Duree

    Every other civilized country allows gays to fight and die for the values for which their country stands. This does not include Islamic nations for sure. The USA alone, among Nations who believe in reason and individual rihgts, has an issue with this question. Are we no better than the people we are fighting?
    It is absurd for a nation founded upon each individuals right to pursue happiness–not a christian hapiness or an Islamic happiness or a whatever happiness, but the individual's hope for happiness–to irrationally discriminate based upon a person's own unique desire for consenual sexual gratification. We lost 9,000 soldiers, 9,000 dedicated Americans, to discrimination because of their sexual predilictions. This is ridiculous.
    Are we our founder's children or not?

    June 5, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Dan Belleville, MI

    Ron Paul is right again.

    June 5, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Christopher Nelson, Boston, MA

    Again, Ron Paul is like the Godfather of the other candidates. They are all starting to sway towards Ron Paul's lead. Gays? Who the hell cares when it comes to performing? I don't like to hang out with gays, but when it comes to doing a job – let the best person do it! Labeling does not help and my oppinion does not constitute government action. My oppinion is mine and oppinions should not control the lives of people other than myself. Are we not all granted personal liberty by our creator? Vote for Ron Paul and you are voting for freedom and equality. Ron Paul has again lead the debate. I wish to see him debate the Democrat candidate or anyone else.

    June 5, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Danny, Texas

    I think Ron Paul had did the best out of all of them with the 5 mins he was able use. Vote Ron Paul if you want change and to live in the America we once knew. Otherwise vote for one of the other that would just continue the bush policy.

    June 5, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Jeremy Brown, Whittier, CA

    Ron Paul nails it on the head when he bases peoples' rights and value in the fact that they were all made by the same creator. More and more in government today, the State wants us to believe that we have rights because the State grants them to us. But we have rights and values because of our common humanity and the value God gives to each person He made. We discard that concept to our peril.

    June 5, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Hunter Ames, IA

    Pauls comments on Gays in the military is a sensible one, who cares what sexual orientation a soldier has when bullets are flying, the question is are competent to serve ???

    June 5, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Larry, Kanss City, Missouri

    Ron Paul is incredible. He gets my vote for sure after winning all 3 debates.

    June 5, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Jeff, Surrey, BC

    Discrimination against gays in any other profession is not allowed, so why should it be any different in the US military.

    Gays are permitted to openly serve in other professions where the lives of others are on the line (ie. Policemen and Firefighters)

    June 5, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. Josh, Milford, DE

    Dr. Paul was honest, I found it a bit disturbing that Wolf Blitzer didn't allow Ron Paul very much airtime. Ron Paul was the only respectful canidate up there, he didn't argue with Wolf and talk over him. However, I did notice Wolf constantly cut him short way earlier than the other canidates.

    I would go so far as to say that Dr. Paul recieved only 50% of the airtime that Rudolph Guiliani did. I think there should be a buzzer initiated for these debates, and if they do not stop talking they lose time off their next question. They could then weigh in properly on what they thought was most important by overstaying their welcome on their strongpoints, and cutting short their weakpoints...or staying balanced.

    Please CNN, take my advice..it would make things seem less skewed in favor of one canidate over the other.

    Dr. Paul was very honest, and conscise in his answers and did not go off on emotional and personal tangents like many of the other canidates did. I still like Dr. Paul's message in comparison to the other canidates and he has my vote in the Primary.

    Thank you.

    June 5, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Homosexuality IS the issue. That is why the military Uniform Code of Justice is written the way it is. Heterosexuality has NEVER been the issue in the entire history of mankind.

    June 5, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Josh N, Blissfield, Michigan

    I watched the debate and Ron Paul was one of the only candidates that hit the issues dead on. Why are we worrying so much about this issue? If gays can perform just as well or better than a straight guy, then they should be allowed to openly serve. The federal gov. does not need to be in charge of this. Generals and those who know more about the situation should decide.

    June 5, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  15. P. Wallace McComb, Mississippi

    This is a law that originally was implements for all the right reasons. However, there are a disproportionate number of gays that have been discharged as compared to their heterosexual counterparts. This law is a failure and should, in all fairness, be scrapped.

    June 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. Michigan

    It is quite interesting that most of the Republican candidates think they can win by excluding and disliking a large portion of the American population, i.e. the homosexual population. It is as if they only want to preside over part of the American population, and they could care less what happens to the part(s) of the population they don't care for.

    June 5, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  17. R.K.Sutton Chantilly, Virginia

    Ron Paul ....the Champion of the Constitution. The only canidate that I personally will turn out to vote for.

    June 5, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Chris, Eaton, OH

    I was chatting with a long time friend of mine during the debate, who happens to be a homosexual and an Obama supporter. Before i could even type "what did you think of that?", he responded with "wow, what an awesome answer"

    June 5, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. Craig, Spartanburg, SC

    I was extremely impressed with Ron Paul's well thought out answers. I find myself wanting to look deeper into his campaign, background and platform.

    June 5, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. Robert Edward Johnson, Normal, IL

    In 2004 we saw that homely hillbilly woman from West Virginia in the kinky Abu Ghraib photos, knocked up by her commanding officer. Gee, I guess Ron Paul's right, some heterosexual behaviors might be just as disruptive of the chain of command and lead to favoritism (and evidently to really sordid behavior) as homosexual behaviors.

    June 5, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. DJ, Los Angeles, CA

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell implemented by Clinton is a good and fair policy.

    As McCain said...it is working. Leave it alone.

    Good compromise, does not all gays to impede on the military, while letting them serve if they keep it to themselves.

    Paul gave a perfect answer.

    June 6, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  22. Anthony, Huntsville, Al

    What I like about Ron Paul is he is going after root causes of systematic problems rather than treating the symptoms. Politicians are notorious for focusing on things that don't matter, and I love Ron's perspective on things. He is looking at fundamental change, actually getting back to Constitutional principles. Ron Paul in 2008.

    June 6, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. Phil, Alpharetta GA

    A very cogent and accurate statement. Deal with the behavior. No one should have special rights because of what they do.

    June 6, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. James Dolan, Millsboro, Delaware

    Ron Paul shows "forward-thinking" leadership. The irony, of course, is that most of his beliefs are heavily influenced by those of our founding fathers, which tells you a thing or two about the other "conservatives."

    To the gentleman who is buying into media hype about Ron Paul supporters "assault[ing] internet sites," please keep in mind that early examination has shown that the support for Rep. Paul is simply wide-spread amongst internet-users as a group. One could also point out that many of his supporters (myself included) are frustrated that the internet is our only real outlet for support. We, his supporters, are doing a pretty decent, albeit normative, content analysis of Ron Paul media coverage and it seems to indicate 2nd tier candidates are not being dealt with fairly.

    June 6, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  25. Roy, Seattle, WA

    Reasoned and intelligent as usual for Dr. Paul. This man lives in the real world with the rest of us!

    June 6, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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