Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) reiterated his belief that states should have the right to legalize same-sex marriage during a Fox News GOP presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina. “I think the government should just be out of it. I think it should be done by the church or private contract and we shouldn’t have this argument, who is married and who isn’t married,” Paul said, insisting that “if we want to have something to say about marriage it should be at the state level and not at the federal government.” Watch it:
In March, Paul made similar remarks during an appearance at a “Presidential Symposium” sponsored by the FAMiLY Leader— an anti-gay group working to repeal same-sex marriage in Iowa. At that event, Paul said that the Iowa Supreme Court (which overturned the state’s Defense of Marriage Act) has the constitutional right to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Paul also defended the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), arguing that the measure preserved the rights of the states to establish marriage laws.