Rand Paul bestiality comment 'sarcasm,' office says
June 27th, 2013
10:24 AM ET
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Rand Paul bestiality comment 'sarcasm,' office says

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul's criticism of Wednesday's same-sex marriage ruling, which included a rhetorical question about bestiality eventually being made legal, was sarcasm, the Kentucky Republican's office says.

Speaking to conservative radio host Glenn Beck, Paul delved into the question of whether or not lawmakers should imbue legislation with their own morals. Beck set up the statement by wondering whether the court's ruling – which found a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional – could logically lead to polygamy becoming legal.

"If you change one variable – man and a woman – to a man and a man and a woman and a woman, you cannot tell me then that you can't logically change the other variable," Beck said. "One man, three women. One woman, four men. Who are you to say that if I am a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I am an American citizen that I can't have multiple marriages?"

Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate whose supporters include a large number of libertarian-leaning conservatives, said Beck was getting at a larger question of whether laws can include moral designations.

"This is a conundrum, and it gets back to what you were saying …whether or not churches should decide this," Paul said. "And it is difficult, because if we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans?"

That remark, his office said, wasn't meant to be taken seriously.

"Sarcasm sometimes doesn't translate adequately from radio conversation," his communications director Moira Bagley said. "Sen. Paul did not suggest that striking down DOMA could lead to unusual marriage arrangements. What he was discussing was that having the state recognize marriage without definition could lead to marriages with no basis in reality."

Later in the interview, Paul stressed the economic importance of stable marriages for children.

"I also see that economically, if you don't look at it with any moral periscope, and you say, 'What is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country?' It's having kids without marriage," Paul said. "That stability of the marriage unit is enormous, and we should not say we're punting on it and marriage can be anything."

Later, in an interview with ABC News, Paul said he thought the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA was appropriate and said the issue should be one left to the states.

As for the growing divide among Republicans on same-sex marriage, Paul said "the party is going to have to agree to disagree on some of these issues."

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (582 Responses)
  1. Denise

    Hey Betsy The Cow, your place or mine? Wait, I'll meet you in the pasture after my hubby leaves....

    June 27, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Michael

    Anyone who tries to assert that making marriage between two consenting adults rather than just one man and one woman will automatically lead to permitting polygamy is a complete and utter moron who clearly doesn't understand basic math. It's a bogus argument that is simploy being made to justify bigotry. I believe polygamy should be legal, provided all parties involved are consenting adults, but I don't believe that the benefits conferred upon individuals in a marrage can and/or should be conferred equally among 6 or 8 or 10 people. Mathematically, they can't be. You can't give power of attorney to 7 different spouses. Again, peope who assert that one follows naturally from the other are just liars or idiots.

    June 27, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. raistlino8

    'What is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country?' It's having kids without marriage,". No...That would be Congress. Congress is the leading cause of poverty in this country.

    June 27, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. dale

    Scott your point is well made in fact the reason we have such a plethora of marriage laws is the Old South had to try to prevent inter-racial mingling hence the marriage laws defining marriage and they have changed over time as situations change but marriage used to be a social convention not statuatory

    June 27, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Diana

    Boy- you Republicans and your "slippery slopes." With your logic, if I brush my teeth I will become a drug addict, molest a child, etc. since all drug addicts and child molesters brushed their teeth at some time in their lives. Lets just take things one step at a time and see what happens.

    June 27, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. rs

    Jane

    "'What is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country?' It's having kids without marriage," Paul said."

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    Yeah, nothing at all to to do with the low minimum wage. <<<< Sarcasm.
    _____________________
    Or not supporting equal wage laws!

    June 27, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. warnat

    He didn't even say "animal(s)"...he asked "Does it have to be humans?" which implies it COULD be animal, plant, or non-living objects...anything at all. This comment didn't even seem odd to me until idiots ASSUMED he meant bestiality...there have already been people trying to marry animals and dolls and other NON-HUMAN items/objects/entities so what's the problem with his comment??

    June 27, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. jboh

    Rand Paul is just another TEA/GOP troll. Kentucky looks foolish for electing a liar/talibangelical clod like him.

    June 27, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. California Gary

    When you look at Mr. Paul's hair..........you have to wonder if there isn't a sheep in the bloodline somewhere. He knows of what he speaks.

    June 27, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. your mama

    rand paul is going to be scrutinized and bashed by the liberal media before the next term for a new president happens. He made a good point thats all and it true, it wont be long before you can have 3 wives or 3 husbands or marry a lizard. Its a domino effect..........

    June 27, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Denise

    There's alot of material here for late nite comedy as it relates to tea partiers such as Todd Akin. lol

    June 27, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Dan Cain

    Bestiality on Glen Beck's radio show is already legal, isn't it?

    June 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. c-lo

    The leading cause of poverty in this country is government dependence.

    June 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Mr. T. Bag

    ** Here's PROOF, that Libertarians, Tea Party and Anti-Government Republicans, are NOT really anti-government, NOR anti-regulation...

    They just want their own businesses (and THEMSELVES) to be "FREE" from laws - like being able to hire child slaves, trashing the environment, NOT PAYING TAXES, etc. (except for the rest of US...)

    Think for yourselves! –Don't fall for the sneaky RIGHT WING FASCIST propaganda & LIES of BP, ENRON, BANK of AMERICA - and their ad men - Rand & Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh & FOX NEWS!

    –They represent creeping Fascism and Slavery! YOU will NEVER be rich nor free under their control. –just the opposite...

    June 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Speaking to conservative radio host Glenn Beck , Mr Aqua Buddha was in a conundrum over running out of hair spray , loosing his sunglasses and the fate of KFC extra crispy chicken .

    June 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Howard

    If Rand Paul is seriously contemplating running for President, then he ought to consider how voters will assess his IQ level if he's willing to use the Glenn Beck show as a forum for his comments.

    June 27, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. ART

    I always knew this guy was not playing with a full deck,now he has just proven my point partly because of what he said but mainly for being on Glenn the crazy man Becks show

    June 27, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Marc L from NY

    Logic, by it's nature, is mostly devoid of emotion. Objectivity, by it's nature, removes one's emotions from a situation, views that situation as if they were not in it, and sees the situation logically and for what it really is. That is the only place to start in seeking the truth.

    June 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "polygamy is definitely going to be legalized. why should the government care if i have one wife or ten? so how is the federal government goin gto modify their benefits to support this?"

    We're going to mandate that you personally go to their homes and rub their feet, make them sammiches and take care of their yard work.

    Grow up.

    June 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Willie K.

    It could be argued that Rant Paul's wife married a dumb animal.

    June 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Vince

    I think his remarks are great. Clearly the party has learned nothing from it's spanking last November. With material like this...looking forward to the mid-terms!

    June 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Bill, NY

    I now pronounce you "Man and Cow" I now pronounce you "Donkey and Wife". I love it!

    June 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Big Jilm

    Um...leading cause of poverty is the lack of decent-paying jobs, you outsourcing oligarch.

    June 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. mrzntejas

    You’re right, Rushaddicts. Marriage is a sacred institution. That’s why so many prominent Republican politicians marry multiple times, in order to be even more “sacred” in the eyes of the Lord.

    You’re right right wingers,traditional marriages disintegrate in places where gays can legally marry. In fact, before the recognition of gay marriage, traditionally-married heterosexual couples never divorced for any reason.

    June 27, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Johny Smooth

    Mr. Beck, if we allow marriage to be a man and a woman, you cannot tell me then that you can't logically change those variables to a man and a man and a woman and a woman. One man, three women. One woman, four men. Who are you to say that if I am a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I am an American citizen that I can't have multiple marriages?

    So, Beck you can see that your slippery slope argument against same-sex marriage can be equally applied to hetero marriage. This means that your reasoning for not allowing same sex marriage is merely special pleading.

    June 27, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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