Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) told Barry Snell of Iowa State Daily that the federal government has no business meddling in the question of same-sex marriage and explained his support for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by claiming that heterosexuals are probably causing “more trouble than gays” for the military:
“The government has no business in your private life, you know, so if one person is allowed to do something so should everyone else. The whole gay marriage issue is a private affair and the federal government has no say.” […]
With the recent death of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I suggested to Congressman Paul that the issue isn’t likely to go away any time soon, and asked how he would address gays in the military as president.
“Well, like I said, everybody has the same rights as everybody else, so homosexuals in the military isn’t a problem. It’s only if they’re doing things they shouldn’t be, if they’re disruptive. But there’s … men and women getting into trouble with each other too. And there’s a lot more heterosexuals in the military, so logically they’re causing more trouble than gays. So yes, you just have the same rules for everybody and treat them all the same.”
Paul previously has said marriage should be decided by local communities and continues to support the Defense of Marriage Act on the basis that it preserves the rights of local government to establish marriage standards.