Shortly after the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 were announced on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Glenn Beck for a bigot bash that lead to the rumored presidential candidate comparing marriage equality to bestiality.
"If we have no laws on this people take it to one extension further," Paul told Beck. "Does it have to be humans?”
“You know, I mean, so there really are, the question is what social mores, can some social mores be part of legislation? Historically we did at the state legislative level, we did allow for some social mores to be part of it. Some of them were said to be for health reasons and otherwise, but I’m kind of with you, I see the thousands-of-year tradition of the nucleus of the family unit. I also see that economically, if you just look without any kind of moral periscope and you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country? It’s having kids without marriage. The stability of the marriage unit is enormous and we should not just say oh we’re punting on it, marriage can be anything.”
If you are offended by that, then you don't get sarcasm, according to a defensive statement issued by his office on Thursday.
Sarcasm sometimes doesn’t translate adequately from radio conversation. 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.
There, feel better?