Rand Paul Came Dangerously Close to Having a Rick Santorum Moment on Gay Marriage

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
June 27 2013 8:35 AM

Opening Act: "Sarcasm Sometimes Doesn't Translate Adequately from Radio"

171561872
A same-sex marriage supporter hangs balloons in the colors of the pride flag on June 26, 2013, in San Francisco.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Yesterday, during an interview about gay marriage conducted by Glenn Beck, Sen. Rand Paul appeared to have a Santorum moment. "If we have no laws on this," said Paul, "people take it to one extension further—does it have to be humans? You know?" It came off as incredibly strange, as Paul has said quite a few times that government might do well to excuse itself from marriage altogether.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

The explanation, from his office:

Sarcasm sometimes doesn’t translate adequately from radio conversation. Sen. Paul did not suggest that striking down DOMA could lead to unusual marriage arrangements. What he was discussing was that having the state recognize marriage without definition could lead to marriages with no basis in reality.
Advertisement

Michelle Goldberg tracks the abortion war as it lurches from Texas to Ohio.

Unlike Texas, Ohio doesn’t have the filibuster, so there’s no opportunity for a brave lawmaker to try and repeat Davis’s performance. But Ohio does have a line-item veto, and so activists are doing everything they can to urge Governor Kasich to strike out the abortion restrictions. He is, of course, an anti-abortion Republican, and as of Tuesday afternoon, he’d refused to comment on the possibility of a veto. Nevertheless, pro-choice forces are clinging to the possibility that he’ll fear being cast as an aggressor in the war on women.

For whatever it's worth, senior members (though not leaders) of the House Judiciary Committee say they're ready for a Voting Rights Act fix.

The president explains why he's not working the phones to get Edward Snowden.

No, I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.

Eleanor Clift talks to a gay rights warrior on DOMA-overturn day.

And Wendy Davis is driving Texas Republicans crazy. There's a joke to make here about the general mental state of Texas Republicans, but it's cheap and I won't make it.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

Here’s Just How Far a Southern Woman May Have to Drive to Get an Abortion

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?

Behold

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 20 2014 1:50 PM Why We Shouldn’t be Too Sure About the Supposed Deal to Return the Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 2:16 PM Even When They Go to College, The Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 2:19 PM A Procedural Rule Could Keep Gay Marriage From Ever Reaching SCOTUS Again
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 1:10 PM Women Are Still Losing Jobs for Getting Pregnant
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 2:39 PM Gwen Stefani Does Her Best Rihanna Impression on New Song
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2014 1:51 PM Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books? A Future Tense Event.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 10:23 AM Where I Was Wrong About the Royals I underestimated the value of building a team that’s just barely better than mediocre.