In the aftermath of yesterday’s historic Supreme Court decision overturning DOMA, Sen. Rand Paul appeared to distance himself from his Republican colleagues eager to rush to the wrong side of history. ABC News reported that “Paul said he agreed with [Justice Anthony] Kennedy,” calling the ruling “appropriate” and “tried to strike a balance.”
But hours later, Paul debased himself and any moderate image he’s been crafting in a cheap ploy to curry favor from Glenn Beck. As Beck speculated on the possibility of the court’s decision leading to polygamy, Paul threw himself head-first down the slippery slope by raising the specter of legalized bestiality:
“But it is difficult because if we have no laws on this people take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans?”
Paul’s staff attempted to walk back the remark as a failed attempt at humor. But a dismissive attitude towards LGBT Americans is in line with his mocking of President Obama at last year’s Iowa Faith and Freedom event when he said “didn’t think [Obama’s] views on marriage could get any gayer.”
Rand Paul won a congratulatory headline from ABC News for saying “On Gay Marriage GOP Needs to ‘Agree to Disagree.’” It didn’t take long for him to show that on this issue, the praise is undeserved.