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Rand Paul clarifies same sex ruling comments, animals won't get married

by Joe Arnold


Posted on June 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 7:24 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- U.S. Senator Rand Paul is walking back comments he made on the Glenn Beck radio show that the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage decisions on Wednesday may lead to polygamous marriages or unions involving non-humans.

"If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further.  Does it have to be humans?" Paul said on the radio show.

Later, on Fox News, the Kentucky Republican abandoned the thought, as reported by Politico:

“I don’t think it will be with multiple humans, and I think it will be human and human,” Paul said. “I didn’t mean that to mean anything other than that I think the government will still probably be involved in defining marriage to a certain aspect. I don’t think we’re going on towards polygamy or things beyond that.”

Paul's spokeswoman, Moira Bagley, said the senator's comments on the radio had been misconstrued, as quoted by RawStory.com:

“Sarcasm sometimes doesn’t translate adequately from radio conversation,” Bagley said. “Sen. Paul did not suggest that striking down DOMA could lead to unusual marriage arrangements. What he was discussing was that having the state recognize marriage without definition could lead to marriages with no basis in reality.”