In an op-ed published in Time, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul reacts to the Supreme Court's decision striking down state bans on gay marriage, saying that it might be time for the government to get out of the marriage business.

Kentucky is among the 13 states affected by the court's ruling.

“While I disagree with [the] Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract,” writes Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

“The government should not prevent people from making contracts but that does not mean that the government must confer a special imprimatur upon a new definition of marriage.”

While Paul says that it might be time to “examine whether or not governmental recognition of marriage is a good idea, for either party,” his reasons for doing so stem from the court's decision.

“Since government has been involved in marriage, they have done what they always do – taxed it, regulated it, and now redefined it. … The 14th Amendment does not command the government endorsement that is conveyed by the word 'marriage.' State legislatures are entitled to express their preference for traditional marriage, so long as the equal rights of same-sex couples are protected.”

“And can the government do its main job in the aftermath of this ruling – the protection of liberty, particularly religious liberty and free speech?”