Republican Rand Paul: I’m offended by same-sex marriage

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Rumoured Presidential candidate Rand Paul has claimed he finds it “offensive” to refer to same-sex marriage as same-sex marriage.

Senator Rand Paul is considered a contender for the Republican nomination in 2016, topping a straw poll of potential contenders at the CPAC conference.

The Kentucky Senator made the controversial comments in a Fox News interview with Bret Baier.

He said: “I’m for traditional marriage. I think marriage is between a man and a woman.

“Ultimately, we could have fixed this a long time ago if we just allowed contracts between adults.

“We didn’t have to call it marriage, which offends myself and a lot of people.

“But I think competing contracts that would give them equivalency before the law would have solved a lot of these problems and it may be where we’re still headed.”

Despite his claims, the Republican party has long opposed not just same-sex marriage, but also any form of civil union that recognises same-sex couples.

Rand Paul is the son of former Republican and Libertarian candidate Ron Paul, who has unsuccessfully run for President in 1988, 2008 and 2012.

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