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Rick Santorum: "States Do Not Have The Right To Destroy The American Family"

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Presidential candidate Rick Santorum blurred the line between fiction and reality during a speech at a right wing event last night.

During remarks on gay activist Tim Gill's successful efforts to derail the former Pennsylvania Senator's 2006 reelection campaign, Santorum claimed never to have compared gay sex to incest ahead of the 2003 Supreme Court decision to overturn anti-sodomy laws.

Of course we all know that's not true, because Santorum indeed said, "The Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery." That sounds like a comparison to me.

Later in his remarks, Santorum, a long-shot candidate, wanted to make clear that he does not support marriage equality in any way, shape or form, and, after citing Abraham Lincoln's famous quote, "We do not have the right to do wrong," the Republican declared, "States do not have the right to destroy the American family. It is your business."

He went on, "It's not fine with me that New York has destroyed marriage, it is not fine with me that New York is setting the template that will cause great division in this country."

That comment, of course, was a dig at potential competitor Rick Perry, who was then forced to reiterate his opposition to gay marriage.

Watch the always dramatic Santorum's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. here's something sad: one day Santorum is going to discover one of his children lying dead, having taken their own life. I'm not saying i want this to happen, because I don't. I'm saying it's likely going to happen. The man's children are not all heterosexual.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 30, 2011 4:52:41 PM


  2. Uh...New York didn't set the template, Massachusetts did. Looks like marriages, gay and straight, are still going strong there, and in every other state where gays can marry.

    I want him to produce one family whose lives have been damaged because of gay marriage. Guess what? There's isn't one.

    To paraphrase the late Pat Ast: Bring me something to wipe my Santorum!

    Posted by: eyechart | Jul 30, 2011 5:07:20 PM


  3. Frothy mix at it again- Santorum -the emperor has no clothes or votes for that matter!

    Posted by: Nick | Jul 30, 2011 5:14:21 PM


  4. "State do not have the right to destroy the American family."

    Neither do self-proclaimed, "Christian" guardians of morality.

    Posted by: Max | Jul 30, 2011 5:16:26 PM


  5. It's a states rights issue, oh wait... the states aren't anti-gay, hmm... now it's a religious issue. I love recursive logic.

    Posted by: Alpha | Jul 30, 2011 5:18:22 PM


  6. I completely agree with "Eyechart" above. Santorum needs to prove it. He needs to prove to everyone that when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage 7 years ago that it destroyed the American family there. Good luck with that, frothy homophobic dipshit.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jul 30, 2011 5:27:42 PM


  7. gay people have nothing to fear from santorum. his extremists views turn off most democrats, a majority of independents and many if not a majority of moderate republicans. in his last bid for reelection to the senate his democratic opponent defeated him by over 700,000 votes. what we don't need are vulgar and immature anti-santorum stunts by people like dan savage that may cause some centrists to sympathize with the bigot santorum.

    Posted by: john leddy | Jul 30, 2011 5:35:47 PM


  8. why can't these people articulate, SPECIFICALLY, how two lgbt people who are already in a relationship and already have children together will suddenly "destroy the American Family" by legally marrying?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 30, 2011 5:41:47 PM


  9. You can nearly set your watch by this: A post about Dan Savage or Rick Santorum will inevitably receive a comment almost immediately by someone saying how awful it is that Savage re-defined Santorum and how terrible that is for centrists who will now not support equal rights for LGBTs blah blah blah blah.

    Look, John Leddy (and everyone else who does this), any "centrist" who will decide that I don't deserve equal rights because of a stunt pulled by Dan Savage NEVER BELIEVED IN EQUAL RIGHTS IN THE FIRST PLACE. If they did, they would not change their minds about the issue so easily.

    Santorum is a virulent homophobe, pure and simple. He says things, repeatedly, that far outweigh the frothy mix stunt. Hell, he just did it again (see above) and here you are crying real tears for Santorum and bad-mouthing Dan Savage. Doesn't that seem backwards to you?

    Enough already.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 30, 2011 5:51:56 PM


  10. Yes, he believes that States don't have the right to destroy anything. Only his religion does.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 30, 2011 5:52:02 PM


  11. John Leddy, please invest in a pair of testicles and a spine.

    Sincerely, Everyone Else

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 30, 2011 6:19:36 PM


  12. Kerry whatshername from Media Matters can't stop going on about Obama being the bad guy...so what the F is she doing about these guys?


    Anyone know? Links please?

    With friends like these.....who needs enemies.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 30, 2011 6:38:32 PM


  13. I sense a new definition of "Rick" coming soon!

    Posted by: Oliver | Jul 30, 2011 6:40:40 PM


  14. @Little Kiwi- You are correct. I remember seeing a picture of one of his sons and think that he was gay. The situation you discribe has happened manytimes before. Santorum is a bold face lier. The American Family is being destroyed by itself. The str8's get divorces like they are going out of style. Rick couldn't be elected dog catcher.

    Posted by: Harry | Jul 30, 2011 6:41:56 PM


  15. Rick Santorum is obsessed with gay sex. He probably has had lots of it.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 30, 2011 6:45:26 PM


  16. Which states are making laws legalizing same-sex marriage and banning heterosexual marriage? The argument that marriage equality will destroy all marriage is cr*p started by NOM to scare the evangelicals. Perhaps NOM should be more concerned with the divorce rates, adultery, incest and child molestation; that might preserve heterosexual marriage more than a law preventing my partner and I from getting married.

    Posted by: MichaelD | Jul 30, 2011 6:55:54 PM


  17. hmmmm I guess its time for the rick re-definition

    paging Dan Savage

    Posted by: say what | Jul 30, 2011 6:59:50 PM


  18. The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter") of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    "Law" originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Jul 30, 2011 7:01:50 PM


  19. Thanks for reminding me that I need to Google this asshat's name every single day to make sure that "frothy mix" is the first thing anyone sees when they look it up for the rest of this loser's life.

    Posted by: Alexander | Jul 30, 2011 7:15:06 PM


  20. Shut up, Frothy Mix. You will never be elected dog catcher. Take your old, dead, 1950s "morality" and shove it up your ass. Wait - that's sodomy!

    Posted by: Jim | Jul 30, 2011 7:40:54 PM


  21. As a New Yorker, between this guy and Perry down in Texas I wonder if Canada would take us if we seceeded from the Union, we do have the border with them, at least by lake and we would bring alot to the table and then we to could be interested amused bystanders to their deranged rantings,rather than have to worry whether there is a chance, be it ever so slight, that either of these lunatics could gain some position of national power

    Posted by: Nyrkr | Jul 30, 2011 8:11:17 PM


  22. Santorum is correct States do not have the right to destroy American families, that is why the SCOTUS will eventual strike down all the state DOMA laws in accordance with the 14th Amendment.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 30, 2011 8:16:09 PM


  23. Stick a fork in this idiot. He's done.

    Posted by: castaway | Jul 30, 2011 9:06:40 PM


  24. Rick Santorum, why are you shaking your fist like you are jacking a guy off?

    Posted by: bkmn | Jul 30, 2011 9:29:16 PM


  25. Will someone please tell me how marriage equality DESTROYS marriage? I truly don't understand the reasoning. Yet this is what the bigots promise is going to happen. It makes no sense. The hatred being spewed by Santorum and others makes me so sad.

    Posted by: Abel | Jul 30, 2011 9:56:47 PM


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