This story making its rounds in the liberal circles of the internet is nothing more than clickbait. Rand Paul has a solid civil liberties record that is completely contradictory to the message this story attempts to portray. When Rand says, “I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,” he is stating a stance shared by even the biggest gay-rights advocates. In Rand’s worldview, there is no “gay-rights,” “straight-rights” or “white-rights,” there are only human rights. Everyone, regardless of orientation, race or gender should enjoy the same rights protected under the Constitution.
By Dominic Holden
Sen. Rand Paul said he doesn’t buy into the concept of gay rights because they are defined by a gay person’s lifestyle.
“I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters in a videotaped interview that has received little attention since it was recorded in 2013.
But it’s unclear how far — and to whom — Paul extends the argument that rights cannot be defined by behavior.
Practicing religion, for example, is a behavior enshrined as a primary American right.
Donny Kendal is an editor at the New Revere Daily Press, graphic designer, and host of The Heartland Institute’s popular “In the Tank” podcast.