5 Of The Most Anti-Gay Things Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Has Said (To Date)

Rand Paul officially announced his candidacy for president today at gathering in Louisville. "Today I announce with God's help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I'm putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America."

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This pronouncement coming on the heels of Paul's involvement in a new documentary, Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity, that argues that the religious right is getting pushed aside by the "homosexual lobby."

This is hardly the first time Paul has spoken out with his anti-LGBT bigotry. Take a look at 5 other instances below.

1. "Call me cynical, but I'm not sure [Obama]'s views on marriage could get any gayer."

2. “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. I think having 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.”

3. “Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything. In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”

4. “I don’t think I’ve ever used the word 'gay rights,' because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.”

5. "I find it offensive to compare the civil rights struggle of the 1960s to the issues associated with the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. It is an affront to the civil rights activists who actually had to face the viciousness of [rabid segregationist] Bull Connor. It is an insult to compare something like the vote on ENDA to the adversity African Americans once faced during a particularly tragic time in our history."—Rand Paul in a 2013 op-ed in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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