Senator Rand Paul is a faux Libertarian. That is, he only backs Libertarianism that supports his lifestyle and no one elses. This is obvious in his beliefs about same-sex marriage. In order to sound Libertarian, Senator Paul even offered the not only infeasible, but rather impossible idea of just getting rid of the mention of marriage in the laws. Senator Paul also likes to pretend it’s alright to allow the various states to decide despite the fact that this would be unconstitutional.
So, speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, Paul stated that:
PAUL: Where marriage is adjudicated, whether it’s at the federal level or at the state level, we’ve always had marriage certificates and we’ve had them at the state level. If we keep it that way, maybe we can still have the discussion go on without make the decision go all the way one way or all the way the other way.
I think right now if we say we’re only going to have a federally mandated one-man, one-woman marriage, we’re going to lose that battle because the country is going the other way right now. If we were to say each state can decide, I think a good 25, 30 states still do believe in traditional marriage, and maybe we allow that debate to go on for another couple of decades and see if we can still win back the hearts and minds of people.
A true Libertarian would never say that. To a true Libertarian, the idea of delaying making marriage rights open to all would be abhorrent. For them, the idea that they could delay so that the anti-gay forces could “still win back the hearts and minds of people.”
Forget what ThinkProgress said about this in that “Paul doesn’t seem to care about justice or even morality in how he would resolve this issue — he just doesn’t want to lose.” A true Libertarian, which is what Senator Paul claims he is, would reject restrictions on the recognition of freedoms like those of two people to get married if they are in love.