Ron Paul has said that he believes marriage between two members of the same sex is a private affair.

The 76-year-old Paul made his remarks during an interview with Barry Snell of the Iowa State Daily.

During previous GOP debates, Paul has said that he does not support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, though he added that his personal belief is that marriage should be between one man and one woman. A position Rick Santorum has criticized.

“The government has no business in your private life, you know, so if one person is allowed to do something so should everyone else,” the Texas Rep. told Snell. “The whole gay marriage issue is a private affair and the federal government has no say.”

In discussing the recently repealed policy that banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, Paul said that he believes heterosexual service members are “causing more trouble than gays.”

“Well, like I said, everybody has the same rights as everybody else, so homosexuals in the military isn't a problem. It's only if they're doing things they shouldn't be, if they're disruptive. But there's … men and women getting into trouble with each other too. And there's a lot more heterosexuals in the military, so logically they're causing more trouble than gays. So yes, you just have the same rules for everybody and treat them all the same.”