In mid-July, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul pleaded ignorance.
Busy with his presidential campaign, Kentucky's junior senator said he had been traveling and was unaware of the arguments Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was making to a judge about why she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
But on Tuesday, in an interview with Boston Herald Radio, Paul was asked about the battle in Morehead and responded that he thinks that "people who do stand up and are making a stand to say that they believe in something is an important part of the American way."
Paul, R-Bowling Green, again made the case that the government shouldn't be in the business of issuing marriage licenses, citing moves the state of Alabama is making to avoid issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
"I think one way to get around the whole idea of what the Supreme Court is forcing on the states is for states just to get out of the business of giving out licenses," Paul said. "Alabama has already voted to do this; they're just no longer going to give out licenses. And anybody can make a contract. And then if you want a marriage contract, you go to a church. And so I've often said we could have gotten around all of this also in the sense that I do believe everybody has a right to a contract."
In his response, Paul appeared to try to strike a balance between a libertarian belief that government should not have a role in marriages and his own opinion that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
"There never should have been any limitations on people of the same sex having contracts, but I do object to the state putting its imprimatur to the specialness of marriage on something that's different from what most people have defined as marriage for most of history," Paul said. "So one way is just getting the state out completely."