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. moderate

    What an idiot. Polygamy is fundamentally different from marriage, both as he defines it and as equal marriage between same-gender and opposite-gender marriage.

    June 27, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. WachetAuf

    Not all, but most Republicans are motivated by their lizard brains. Their lizard brains are unable to contemplate such things as evolution itself and they are therefore doomed to that state of the brain which existed 400 millions years ago, the amygdala, better known as the lizard brain.

    June 27, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. WachetAuf

    Most of the Republicans, not all, celebrate and worship ignorance.

    June 27, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Spencer

    In the ever expanding world of marriage, maybe being for polygamy and other unconventional arrangements is the right side of history.

    June 27, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. abbydelabbey

    Another idiot putting BOTH feet in his mouth ....

    June 27, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Mg

    Libertarian my Aunt Fanny. It's all "live and let live" and "keep the government out of my business" until it comes to what goes on in the bedroom. Then there's no end to the infiltration and attempts to control. Kinda says it all, methinks.

    June 27, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Mike from KC

    Why do conservatives ALWAYS go to the polygamy and bestiality argument? Seriously people, keep it in perspective and stop off the deep end.

    June 27, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
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