Yeah, I think so too. But this article actually goes further than the headline would suggest by telling us what other GOP candidates think about the whole gay marriage thing. And although this isn't one of my personal big issues for the 2016 election, it's a good a place as any to start looking at the candidates.
So, here's Rand Paul's reasoning in a nutshell:
“I acknowledge the right to contract in all economic and personal spheres,” he noted, “but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a danger that a government that involves itself in every nook and cranny of our lives won’t now enforce definitions that conflict with sincerely felt religious convictions of others.”Right on. I don't think anybody can really argue that the federal government is not becoming increasingly involved in all of our personal lives, and I for one don't like it and think we need to reverse the trend.
Of course, Rand Paul isn't the only candidate that is disappointed in the Supreme Court's ruling. Some candidates think that a constitutional amendment defining marriage is a proper response. I have two problems with this. The first is actually a broader restatement of what Mr. Paul stated in the above quote, that government won't now enforce definitions that conflict with sincerely felt convictions of others. Whether my "sincerely felt convictions" are of a religious nature or not, the government should not presume to tell me how I should believe. And I believe that individuals have a right to contract. I don't believe they have the right to contract for the purpose of gaining additional rights at the expense of others who are not parties to the contract, and I don't think the government should have the power to force me to be a party to a contract that really has no effect on me otherwise.
The second problem I have with the constitutional amendment response is that it won't pass. I'm not sure why anyone thinks it might pass, given that the majority of states have already legalized gay marriage. The fact that it won't pass makes it nothing more than a talking point designed to get the votes of those people who truly believe that their religious convictions should be forced on others, and that somehow, they are entitled to special rights and privileges because of their religious convictions.
And then there's this gem:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went as far as to say, “[L]et’s just get rid of the court.”Um, no.
It appears that Ted Cruz and Scott Walker also would support a constitutional amendment, meaning that they don't really have a response that will accomplish anything but want to make it clear that they don't support gay marriage.
Finally, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson all came out with a more or less "Oh well, what are you gonna do? It's the law," kind of response. Telling me that none of them really wants to take a stand.
So, there it is, and at this point, although this isn't really a major issue for me, Rand Paul has come out on top. He's the one guy that actually has a real reason, other than his feelings, for not supporting gay marriage. Yeah, get government out of my house!