Sen. Rand Paul responded to Barack Obama’s recent announcement on same-sex marriage by saying he didn’t think the president’s views “could get any gayer” and that has prompted immediate controversy and protests.
However, the remarks from the Republican senator scored laughs among those attending an event held by Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, a video uploaded on Saturday to the conservative website “The Iowa Republican” reveals.
“The president, you know, recently weighed in on marriage. And, you know, he said his views were evolving on marriage,” the first-term senator said Friday evening. “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer.”
Paul, who is the son of GOP presidential longshot and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, made the comments two days after Obama announced that he supported same-sex marriage, which he had previously opposed, while adding he thought the issue should be left up to the states to decide.
Rand Paul had been advertised as the coalition’s “special guest” for its 12th annual spring event. The organization’s website also promoted the presence of Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ralph Reed, who is the chairman of the national Faith and Freedom Coalition.
In the remarks captured on video, Paul spoke against abortion as well as same-sex marriage, CNN reported.
“I think we’re in a spiritual crisis as a country,” Paul said, “and I think you’re going to need leaders beyond your political leaders.”
But Paul said his beliefs and those of other social conservatives and Christians do not “mean we have to be harsh and mean and hate people.”