A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin. It is unenlightened and ill-informed to promote discrimination against individuals based on the color of their skin. It is likewise unwise to forget the distinction between public (taxpayer-financed) and private entities.
- Letter to the editor, Bowling Green Daily News, 2002-05-30
- "Rand Paul in '02: I may not like it, but 'a free society' will allow 'hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin'", Right Now (Washington Post), 20 May 2010, retrieved on 2010-11-17
- On Kim Davis 2015:
- "I think people who do stand up and are making a stand to say that they believe in something is an important part of the American way," Paul told Boston Herald Radio during a three-day campaign swing through the Northeast.
- P.S. and now RUBIO is championing Kim Davis.