Rand Paul: Just Kidding About Gay Marriage and Bestiality

Plus: Pat Robertson's take on court ruling

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rand Paul trotted out the old slippery slope argument on Glenn Beck's radio show yesterday, speculating that gay marriage could lead to bestiality. "If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further," he said. "Does it have to be humans?" Paul's office quickly downplayed the remark, saying the Senator was joking. "Sarcasm sometimes doesn't translate," a spokeswoman tells the Washington Post. Paul later walked it back himself on Fox News, saying that he'd only meant that government "will still probably be involved in defining marriage."

Of course, Paul's comments are positively sensitive compared to Pat Robertson's predictably dramatic response to the Supreme Court's rulings. "Ladies and gentlemen your liberties are in danger," he said, in a clip spotted by Media Matters. "Read the bible. … Look what happened to Sodom. After a while, there wasn't any other way, so God did something pretty drastic." For more right-wing responses to the decision, click here.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. gestures as he speaks in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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