Rand Paul: Court's Gay Marriage Rulings Give Room to 'Agree to Disagree'

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 05:14 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Sen. Rand Paul said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court's decisions expanding gay marriage "is probably going to allow us to agree to disagree."

Some states, like New York, will most likely proceed with allowing homosexuals to marry — "while you may have some states in the South that probably won't, not for the foreseeable future," the Kentucky Republican told Megyn Kelly of Fox News.

"I think we can agree to disagree," Paul added. "That’s what our Founding Fathers talked about when they talked about federalism: that each state would be an incubator of its own ideas and would be given the freedom to have different laws to some degree."

In two 5-to-4 decisions, the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denied benefits to same-sex married couples, and ruled that supporters of a California law enacted in 2008, called Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, lacked standing to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down the law.

Paul also clarified remarks he had made earlier Wednesday on conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s radio show, in which he envisioned a possible legal case involving animal-human marriage in light of the high court’s decisions.

"The point that I was trying to make was that government has been involved in marriage for a while," Paul told Kelly. "It's been at the state level. If we leave it at the state level, there will be room to disagree, but it will probably be within certain parameters.

"I don’t think it will be with multiple humans, and think it will be human and human," Paul added. "I didn’t mean for that to mean anything more than that."

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