Sen. Paul: I didn't think Obama's 'views on marriage could get any gayer'
May 12th, 2012
05:10 PM ET
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Sen. Paul: I didn't think Obama's 'views on marriage could get any gayer'

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul on Friday brushed off Barack Obama's recent reversal on same-sex marriage by saying he didn't think the president's views "could get any gayer."

The remarks from the Republican senator from Kentucky scored laughs among those attending an event held by Iowa's Faith and Freedom Coalition, a video uploaded on Saturday to the conservative website "The Iowa Republican" shows.

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"The president, you know, recently weighed in on marriage. And, you know, he said his views were evolving on marriage," the first-term senator said Friday evening. "Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer."

Paul, who is the son of GOP presidential longshot and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, made the comments two days after Obama announced that he supported same-sex marriage, which he had previously opposed, while adding he thought the issue should be left up to the states to decide.

Rand Paul had been advertised as the coalition's "special guest" for its 12th annual spring event. The organization's website also promoted the presence of Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ralph Reed, who is the chairman of the national Faith and Freedom Coalition.

In the remarks captured on video, Paul spoke against abortion as well as same-sex marriage.

"I think we're in a spiritual crisis as a country," Paul said, "and I think you're going to need leaders beyond your political leaders."

The senator criticized Obama's explanation that the Golden Rule - to treat others how one wants to be treated - and his faith led to his evolved understanding of marriage. The Golden Rule has its roots in biblical verses.

"It did bother me though that he used the justification for it in a biblical reference," Paul said. "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?

"It's not the King James version, it's not the New American Standard, it's not the New Revised version," he added.

But Paul said his beliefs and those of other social conservatives and Christians do not "mean we have to be harsh and mean and hate people."

"We understand sin and if we believe it's a sin, we still are (sinners) and people sin," he said. "We're not out there preaching some sort of hateful dogma against people. But that doesn't mean that we have to go ahead and give up our traditions."

"Six thousand years of tradition" combined with "anthropological" evidence shows "there's stability in the family unit," he said.

Calls placed Saturday to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, as well as to Paul's offices and spokeswoman, were not immediately returned.

Filed under: Iowa • President Obama • Rand Paul • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (489 Responses)
  1. NotFooledByDistractions

    Boy, if this guy had any live brain cells, he could be dangerous.

    May 12, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    Hate, fear, intolerance, greed, ignorance, racism... just a few of the GOP's "values".

    May 12, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Eric M.

    I didn't think the Senstor's views could get any dumber, but I was wrong!

    May 12, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Eric M.

    I didn't think the Senator's views could get any dumber, but I was wrong. Both of the Pauls represent the worst of Libertarian philosophy and reject the best.

    May 12, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Rick in AZ

    I have always though Libertarians were about each individual doing whatever he/she wanted. Apparently Rand Paul is just another right wing hypocritical fool.

    May 12, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. gg

    six thousand year tradition–whats this guy smoking

    May 12, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Celeste

    Rand Paul is an enemy of America. Paul’s dark demeanor looks like he is one depression pill from snapping. Is this what you want representing America? America needs a full responsibly, rational and mentally sane Democratic House and Senate to reverse the mentally ill and ridiculously psychotic mad lunatics that has been elected under the Republican Tea Party Hat. Paul needs to do the country and his self a favor and point the gun in his direction.

    May 12, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Blindersoff

    Let God handle this one boys . . . because in the end, truth be told, most of us are going straight to hell. To hell, I tell you, to Hell . . . "Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200.00, Go straight to Hell! Gay and straight, tied together, with the Republican Party leading the way . . . LOL!

    May 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    well Sen Paul you just lost the "gay" vote. I hope the members of the Log Cabin Republicans and GOPride will one day wake up and see what the GOP REALLY thinks about them.

    May 12, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. seebs

    From a twelve-year-old in a video game's voice chat, that's disappointing. From a senator, it's hilarious. And I mean hilarious, in that we normally expect twelve-year-olds to behave better than that.

    May 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Let people live free!

    Paul used to believe in a weak national government, but now he supports Romney who wants the national government to tell states that gays cannot get married?? Paul used to say that gpvernment should stay out of the lives of people, but now he wants the government to force his religious views on all people?? Why does Paul want the government to put more restrictions on the private lives of America's citizens?? If my married neighbors are straight or gay, it neither picks my pocked nor breaks my leg, let them marry who they want.

    May 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Paula

    "Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer." No, I would call you an idiot and a bigot. You also BTW look like a closeted gay dude yourself. Have you no self-awareness? Wow.

    May 12, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Logic N LA

    Since the Bible was not written by King James, their are several versions that include the phrase in many ways. New Testament -Matthew 7:12 or Luke 6:31 or the original Old Testament text Tobit 4:15 or Sirach 31:15.
    If this is not enough, the World Council of Churches adopted the current wording as part of the teachings of Christ in 1993.
    But I wouldn't expect a man from Texas to actually know anything about theology. Their version of Christianity is "my way or no way" and has no basis in the teachings of Christ.

    May 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Celeste

    Who is paying CNN to block messages on Romney and GOP?

    May 12, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    And so what? It is a lot better than being an ugly psycho!!

    May 12, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. nolimits3333

    We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness....

    May 12, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Mitch

    What a freaking moron!

    May 12, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. carrborian


    May 12, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. RM13 could any open minded reasonable person vote republican?

    May 12, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. TAK

    And this clown calls himself a libertarian? Ayn Rand, the libertarian poster child, and the person Rand Paul was named after, was an atheist (her one redeeming value I might add). And this guy is acting like the pope of Kentucky.

    May 12, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Vincent

    term limits for senators would be a good thing .....

    May 12, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Will

    Civil War HERO William T. Sherman should have finished the job.

    May 12, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    WHAT A FOOL! Are you calling the PREZ Gay?

    May 12, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. jimm

    Someone needs to remind Rand that there is a separation of church and state.

    May 12, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Sharrr

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it's a duck.

    Donald Young for "First Lady".
    Oh – wait – what happened to Donald Young?
    Who killed him?
    Why was he killed?
    Isn't too bad that BO was out of the closet then????
    What happend to Larry Sinclair?
    Where is he?
    What happened to Bill Gwaltney?
    BO is disgusting – through and through

    May 12, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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