Ron Paul, the only GOP president
candidate opposed to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage,
is wrong on the issue, Brian Brown, the president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), has claimed.
While the 76-year-old Paul has said he
is personally opposed to gay marriage, he has also called on the
government to “butt out” of the marriage business.
“I want the government out. If
you're going to have government under the constitution, the states
have a lot more authority than the federal government has to define
it. I'd rather see it be outside of government and then we would not
be arguing about this,” he told the Des Moines Register's
In an op-ed published at the Daily
Caller, Brown called Paul “wrong on marriage.”
“Paul is the only major GOP contender
for president not to sign the National Organization for Marriage
'Marriage Pledge,' a document that commits signatories, if elected,
to taking specific actions to protect traditional marriage,” Brown
wrote. “Paul once replied 'sure' when asked by an interviewer
about legalizing gay marriage for the entire country, Paul won't lift
a finger to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one
man and one woman.”
NOM earlier released a
video attacking Paul's position on the issue.