Politics

Rand Paul: Government Should No Longer Recognize Marriage

Andrew Kadar Contributor

Rand Paul, the Republican Senator from Kentucky, said he disagrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling redefining marriage and questioned whether the government should recognize marriages.

“Perhaps the time has come to examine whether or not governmental recognition of marriage is a good idea, for either party” he wrote in an op-ed published Sunday by Time Magazine.

“The Constitution is silent on the question of marriage because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to Washington, D.C.”

Paul went on to say that he does not want his guns or marriage registered in Washington.

“I for one will stand ready to resist any intrusion of government into the religious sphere,” he wrote.

“The Constitution was written by wise men who were raised up by God for that very purpose,” Paul said. “There is a reason ours was the first where rights came from our creator and therefore could not be taken away by government. Government was instituted to protect them.”

“We have gotten away from that idea. Too far away. We must turn back. To protect our rights we must understand who granted them and who can help us restore them.”