Paul: ‘Illegitimate’ For Federal Courts To ‘Intrude’ On State Gay Marriage Bans

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March 4, 2014 5:59 p.m.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday said that the federal government should stay away from state bans on same-sex marriage.

“I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage. I also believe this power belongs to the states and the people, not the federal government. It is illegitimate for the federal courts to intrude here,” he told Reason when asked about a federal judge’s February ruling that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) announced on Tuesday that he would hire outside counsel to appeal the judge’s decision after Attorney General Jack Conway said he would not appeal the ruling.

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