Kentucky senator and potential GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul said on Friday that allowing gay couples to marry “offends” him.

Paul, who describes himself as a “libertarian conservative,” made the remark in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier.

When Baier asked Paul about gay rights, he responded: “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.”

“I think having competing contracts that would give them equivalency before the law would have solved a lot of these problems, and it may be where we're still headed,” he added.

Ian Sams, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said Paul's comments demonstrate that he's out of touch with mainstream Americans.

“By saying he's willing to broaden the GOP's tent and reach out to new constituencies, Rand Paul is trying to pull the wool over our eyes,” Sams told the Washington Blade. “Saying marriage equality 'offends' him gives us yet another glimpse of Paul’s true colors – a restrictive, retro social agenda that sets back LGBT rights and questions longstanding gains in civil rights. Support for marriage equality is at record highs, and most Americans now live in states where it’s legal. What’s truly offensive is Rand Paul’s insistence on being stuck in the past and failing to support equal rights for LGBT Americans.”