Rick Santorum Loosening Up on Gay Sex?

Talking Points Memo notes that statements by Rick Santorum to the Des Moines Register in a guest column which appeared over the weekend, indicate the potential presidential candidate has shifted in his views on gay sex

Writes TPM: Santorum

But at one point in the column, Santorum sought to make a distinction between gay people's private lives, versus the public sanction and recognition that comes with gay marriage:

Let me first define what we are not talking about. I believe if two adults of the same sex want to have a relationship that is their business. But when they ask society to give that relationship special recognition and privileges, then we should be able to have a rational debate about whether that is good public policy.

But hold on a second. Back when he was a senator, Santorum used to say that people's private sexual lives weren't just their own business.

In a famous interview with the Associated Press in April 2003, Santorum discussed the then-pending Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas, in which the court was widely expected to (and ultimately did) overturn existing state laws against sodomy:

We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family.

TPM asked Santorum's political action committee for comment, but has of yet received no response.

In related news, still not changed: the definition of Santorum.

Comments

  1. EO says

    backpedal. he just wants people to forget about the alternate meaning of “santorum”. still the top google hit, which is the way it should stay, quite frankly.

  2. says

    Here we go again, those damn gays asking for “special rights” currently enjoyed by heterosexuals.

    At what point do rights enjoyed by some people become “special rights” for those asking/demanding to be accorded those same rights?

    Seems to me they have things backwards.

    Until we ALL enjoy the same rights, it’s those people who enjoy rights that are denied others who are the ones with the “special rights”.

  3. Patric says

    This doesn’t represent any shift in Santorum’s thinking; it reflects a shift in societal attitudes and a shift in the boundaries of the most extreme positions which can be advanced by homophobes.

    Santorum and his crowd don’t emphasize sodomy laws now – and they often even purport to have no problem with private homosexual relations and relationships – because the U.S. Supreme Court has had the final say on sodomy laws and because public opinion is overwhelmingly against them on the topic of criminalizing gay sex. The battlefield now is marriage equality and, as we’ve seen repeatedly with Maggie Gallagher in Maine and elsewhere, the bigots recognize that to appeal to “moderates” they need to come across as focused only on marriage and not on a broader agenda of criminalizing private behavior. That’s what the change in Santorum’s talk is all about.

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