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Rand Paul All Right With 'Neutral' Federal Gay Marriage Law

03/24/2013 12:02 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Sunday he wouldn't mind if the Supreme Court struck down "the federalization part" of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) when it takes up the issue this week, since he believes the issue should be left up to the states.

"I've always said that the states have the right to decide," Paul, who opposes gay marriage, said on "Fox News Sunday."

DOMA, the federal 1996 law, defines marriage as between one man and one woman. So does a 2004 amendment to Kentucky's state constitution.

"I do believe in traditional marriage, Kentucky has decided it, and I don't think the federal government should tell us otherwise," Paul said. "I don't want the government promoting something I don't believe in, but I also don't mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue."

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