The Republican Party has been pushed to one side recently on the gay marriage debate in America. They’re often portrayed as firmly against it, on religious and traditional grounds, despite the American people being more and more in favor of it.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, never afraid to disagree with his fellow Republicans, introduced a new line of thinking: Maybe he doesn’t agree with it personally, but that’s not the point. It’s not up to him or the federal government.
Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post’s Right Turn blog goes into this on a post entitled “Rand Paul is Right on Marriage.”
Rubin pulls a quote from an interview Paul did with the National Review, and expands on it.
In the quote, Paul says he believes in the “historic and religious” definition of marriage – that is, between one man and one woman. Those are his personal views.
He continues: “That being said, I’m not for eliminating contracts between adults. I think there are ways to make the tax code more neutral, so it doesn’t mention marriage. Then we don’t have to redefine what marriage is; we just don’t have marriage in the tax code.”
Rubin’s take? Paul isn’t just right, but it’s a way for the GOP, stuck with an anti-gay marriage label, to work around the issue. Make it about the federal government being too nosy, and give states the right to choose. That would work, Rubin says.
“But getting the federal government out of the marriage business, deferring to the states and allowing individuals to, as he says, enter into contracts with one another, can be the way out of the gay marriage thicket for the GOP, I would argue.”
This is even more important if conservatives want to win, because Rubin argues that the American people aren’t big believers in the “traditional marriage” argument. The claim that gay marriages hurt traditional marriages doesn’t seem to be sticking for many people. So why argue that point if you’re the GOP?
Or, as she puts it more simply:
“Paul is dead right: It is time for conservatives to move on and start focusing on issues that are properly the concern of elected leaders and on which the public actually wants government to act.”
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