Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday, mocked Obama's recently announced support for gay marriage. Paul, speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting in Iowa, said he did not think Obama's views on marriage could get any "gayer."
According to LA Times, the GOP lawmaker from Kentucky drew laughter from his religious conservative audience when he mocked Obama's statement that his views on gay marriage "evolved," saying, “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.”
Raw Story reports Paul said he was bothered by the fact that Obama "used the justification for it (gay marriage) in a biblical reference. 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?... I don't know what version he's getting it from."
According to The Blaze, Paul said that he would not support any “hateful dogma” against gays but said that “doesn’t mean we have to go up and give up our traditions.”
LA Times reports Paul continued, amid laughter: "Now that doesn't mean we need to be harsh and mean and hate people...But that doesn't mean that we have to go ahead and give up our traditions. We've got 6,000 years of tradition."
According to Paul, it was time for people of faith to come together to "save the Republic" and the traditional (heterosexual) family unit. He said: "The family is a really important thing. We shouldn't just give up on it."
LA Times reports Paul also earned approving cheers of the audience when he detailed his contributions to the pro-life cause. He said: “We’ve introduced the Life at Conception Act, the Pro-Life Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, I’m also co-sponsor of the Human Life Amendment. I’ve also been trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Anybody here for that?”
According to The Huffington Post, Paul's comments come less than a week after North Carolina voters passed Amendment One, which prohibits gay marriage and civil union in their state.
The Huffington Post reports that poll result released on Tuesday, showed that 50 percent of Americans support extending full marriage rights to gay couples.
LA Times notes there is still uncertainty whether Obama's declaration for gay marriage will hurt or help him in the November election.