Why the GOP should ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Gay Marriage

Why the GOP should ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Gay Marriage

Sen. Rand Paul believes in traditional marriage, between one man and one woman. His home state of Kentucky has a recently-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex marriage there.

But you won’t hear him out and about, beating the drum in the march against gay marriage. In fact, while he personally may not agree with it, it’s not up to him. It’s up to the states. And if fellow GOP members have a problem with gay marriage, they’ll just have to live with it, Paul told ABC News in June.

“Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News he believes the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act was appropriate, and that the issue should be left to the states. He praised Justice Anthony Kennedy for avoiding “a cultural war.”

‘As a country we can agree to disagree,’ Paul said today, stopping for a moment to talk as he walked through the Capitol. ‘As a Republican Party, that’s kind of where we are as well. The party is going to have to agree to disagree on some of these issues.’”

Paul’s comments, as is noted in the article, came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional, and paving the way for federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in states that have legalized it.

Paul’s party is often painted as the big bad opponent to same-sex marriage, with many elected Republican officials coming out in support of DOMA before the ruling was made. Which is fine. But that’s not really the way Paul – often described as a libertarian – operates.

In an interview on LifeSiteNews.com, Kirsten Andersen goes more in-depth on the senator’s stance with Paul’s spokesman Doug Stafford – including the image some people have of the Republican party as being exclusive.

“Stafford said Paul does not believe the GOP should change its platform to accommodate social liberals. He does, however, feel it should be more open to accepting them into its ranks.

Senator Paul ‘believes we have to be a party that tolerates dissent, or rather, agree to disagree with some in our own party,’ Stafford told LifeSiteNews. ‘He does not believe our party will or should change itself on these issues. We shouldn’t suddenly try to be a pro-choice or pro-gay marriage party.’

However, Stafford said the senator believes the Republican Party ‘can be more tolerant and inclusive on [social] issues.’”

Will some of the more established GOP members get the message? Or will Paul end up being one of the few Republicans willing to put state’s rights above his own personal views?

Photo of Rand Paul courtesy of Gage Skidmore, via Flickr Creative Commons



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