Rand Paul doesn’t believe in gay rights
Republican Senator Rand Paul has said he does not believe in the concept of gay rights.
In a video from 2013, Sen Paul, who is likely to be running for Republican presidential candidate, said “I don’t think I’ve ever used the words gay rights because I don’t believe in rights based on your behaviour.
“I’m pro-rights for individuals but I’m not for judging individuals based on their behaviour.”
He has previously said he is “offended” by same-sex marriage, and that it is the result of a “moral crisis”. He has said: “I’m for traditional marriage. I think marriage is between a man and a woman.
“Ultimately, we could have fixed this a long time ago if we just allowed contracts between adults. We didn’t have to call it marriage, which offends myself and a lot of people.”
He seemed unclear over whether it was just gay rights that are based on behaviour and not religious rights or the right to freedom of speech. A spokesperson for his campaign told Buzzfeed: “What he is saying in this video is that he does not classify rights based on behavior, but rather recognizes rights for all, as our Constitution defines it.
“Sen. Paul is the biggest proponent for protecting the Bill of Rights, which, as you know, protects the rights of all Americans as stated in our Constitution.”
Rand Paul is the son of Ron Paul who unsuccessfully ran for President on three occasions.