CNN Reporter Grills Rand Paul: If You Believe In Freedom, How Can You Be Against Gay Marriage? (VIDEO)

While many have noticed that Rand Paul is uncomfortable handling the tough questions during the interviews (he’s even admitted this), it’s clear that it isn’t going to get any easier for the Republican presidential candidate.

In a CNN State of the Union interview with Dana Bash, Paul got cornered for his decision to combine his libertarian and conservative views in order to appeal to a wider range of voters.

Recently, the Kentucky Senator had opposed same-sex marriage in order to gain the approval of conservative voters, and Bash wasn’t willing to let him get away with it. Reminding Paul that he’d told New Hampshire voters that he would “fight for your right to be left alone,” she asked:

“Why do you believe – just as a core principle as a libertarian – that people should be left alone, but not when it comes to their right to marry someone they love?”

Paul’s answer made it seem like he’s still trying to sort that one out:

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Paul replied:

“I do believe people ought to be left alone. I don’t care who you are, what you do at home or who your friends are, where you hang out, what kind of music you listen to. What you do in your home is your own business. That’s always been who I am. I am a leave-me-alone kind of guy.”

Bash wasn’t willing to let Paul off that easily. She verified, “But not when it comes to marriage.”

Paul replied that those who wish to be in same-sex marriages can have “a contract” – because he wants to preserve the “religious connotation” of traditional marriages:

“Well, no, the states will end up making the decisions on these things. I think there’s a religious connotation to this. I also believe people ought to be treated fairly under the law. I see why if the marriage contract conveys certain things, that if you want to marry another woman, you can do that and have a contract. But the thing is that the religious connotation of marriage that has been going on for thousands of years, I still want to preserve that.

And you probably could have both. You could have both the traditional marriage, which I believe in and then you could also have the neutrality of the law that allows people to have contracts with another.”

Featured image courtesy of CNN (Screengrab).