Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rick Santorum: Elect Me And I'll Invalidate Existing Gay Marriages


Rick Santorum confused about something
Santorum is quickly rising in the latest Iowa caucus polls.  He has a decent chance of a come from behind win, especially if Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann supporters switch their vote.  
It intrigues me that so many people, like Santorum, still believe that they are protecting families and marriage by denying it to gay and lesbian citizens.  It flies in the face of logic that denying people the right to form committed, stable relationships that benefit the couples, the communities they live in,  and the children that they are raising is somehow protecting family values.
While Rick Santorum continues to jostle for third place in the Iowa polls, his recent remarks on MSNBCare making Mitt Romney look positively progressive. While Romney suggested a three-tier system for marriage (which would allow existing same-sex marriages to be recognized but forbid future ones from happening), Santorum told Chuck Todd that marriage "marriage has to be one thing for everybody. We can’t have 50 different marriage laws in this country, you have to have one marriage law."
And of those same-sex marriages that are currently legal? "Well, their marriage would be invalid," Santorum said. "I think if the constitution says 'marriage is this,' then people whose marriage is not consistent with the constitution… I’d love to think there’s another way of doing it."

According to Think Progress, Santorum, also likened same-sex marriages to having an aunt or a friend, said that he supports a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and invalidating all currently legal same-sex unions, and that “same-sex couples can contract for everything” except government benefits.

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