Conservatives chastised U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for his May 11 statement that Barack Obama’s views on gay marriage couldn’t “get any gayer.”
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said on May 13 that Paul made a poor choice of words. “I don’t think this is something we should joke about,” the president of the far-right FRC said. “We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate. …I think this is not something to laugh about. It’s not something to poke fun at other people about. This is a very serious issue.”
Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, in a Sunday news show appearance, told the NBC “Meet the Press” audience, “People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn’t mean it carries on to marriage. I think that most Americans agree that in this country, the legal and historic and the religious union marriage has to have the definition of one man and one woman.”
Paul made his comments during a Faith of Freedom Coalition meet in Iowa, where he is laying the foundation for a 2016 presidential run.
“The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage. Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer,” he said.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley and U.S. Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King also attended the event.