Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Tea Party
favorite and possible 2016 presidential candidate, has said that the
gay marriage debate should continue at the state level.
In an interview on CBN's The Brody
File, Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican who is opposed to
marriage equality, predicted that supporters of the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) are going to “lose that battle.”
“If we keep it that way, maybe we can
still have the discussion go on without making the decision go all
the way one way or all the way the other way,” Paul told host David
Brody. “Because I think, right now, if we say, 'Oh, we're only
going to have, we believe in a federally mandated one-man-one-woman
marriage,' we're going to lose that battle, because the country's
going the other way right now.”
Paul added that allowing states to
decide offers an opportunity for conservatives to change the
environment in their favor.
“If we were to say each state can
decide, I think a good 25, 30 states still do believe in traditional
marriage, and maybe if we allow the debate to go on for another
couple of decades, and see if we can still win back the hearts and
minds of people,” he said. (The video is embedded on this page.
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