Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has suggested that Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will move the country closer to accepting marriages between people and animals.
A spokeswoman for the Bowling Green Republican insists the Senator was being sarcastic.
Paul’s comments came during an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio program. Beck asked the Kentucky Senator if the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act would eventually lead to the legalization of polygamous marriage. Paul responded by saying, “I think it’s a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further, does it have to be humans, you know?”
Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley told reporters that sarcasm doesn’t always “translate adequately” during a conversation on the radio. Bagley says Senator Paul was trying to communicate his concern that if states have no say in what makes a legal marriage, then marriage will “have no basis in reality.”
A spokesman for the Fairness Campaign, which supports same-sex marriage, says Paul’s comments prove “his capacity for bigotry.”