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Santorum: Gay Marriage 'Redesigns' American Culture

SantorumRickP Realizing that he can't win the Republican Party's presidential nomination without playing to the virulently anti-gay crowd, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum again trumpeted his "traditional values" in an interview with the Des Moines Register.

And, surprisingly, amid all of his ideological hate-mongering, Santorum makes a valid point: "You can’t have 50 different definitions of marriage."

The candidate continued:

It’s wrong and we should fight it in every state and we should try to pass a federal law that makes sure that it is a uniform definition. … I think this is an issue that needs to be settled collectively by the American public, not by a few groups of elites who think it best to redesign the American culture.

Santorum's right: we shouldn't have 50 definitions of marriage, and, yes, we do need a federal amendment on the matter.

However, his ultimate conclusion -- that the amendment should ban same-sex nuptials -- runs against the American grain, not only in terms of democratic freedoms, but also popular opinion: polls consistently show that the majority of the nation believes gay couples should be allowed the same marriage rights as their straight friends and neighbors.

And our federal government should reflect that...

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  1. As a Brit, I am constantly surprised by the fuss the US makes about gay marriage, rights, etc. and sometimes I forget how your battle is still being fought. I say your because I am heterosexual. I've been trying to spread the word that Leonardo da Vinci was gay (he was - no doubt)and the Mona Lisa is his young male lover, Salai. It's just as well he wasn't an American artist or the truth would never be out.

    Posted by: Anne Lewington | Jul 31, 2011 11:58:52 AM


  2. Thank you for this story. Marriage equality is generational and inevitable. FYI - http://OutMilitary.com is now featuring in-depth interviews with gay active duty servicemen and women... This week features "T.J." a bi-sexual man serving in the U.S Air Force in Turkey.

    Posted by: John McKinnon | Jul 31, 2011 12:08:49 PM


  3. Doesn't he have anything else to talk about? Like a real political agenda, rather than these rants on social issues?

    I'm gay. I'm for same-sex marriage. But this bores me to death.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 31, 2011 12:12:41 PM


  4. ATTENTION DAN SAVAGE (i know he reads these)

    PLEASE "RICK" ROLL THIS POS AND PLEASE DO IT SOON...... JUST AS SUGGESTED YOU WOULD...

    THANK YOU DAN FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR YOUTH AND OUR COMMUNITY,,,,,

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jul 31, 2011 12:22:27 PM


  5. I'm wondering where I can find out more information about this Santorum guy? Oh I know, I'll google "Santorum".

    Posted by: EO | Jul 31, 2011 12:24:15 PM


  6. Santorum understands that he's not going to win the Republican nomination, and he's just becoming a crashing bore. By the way, where are all the commenters who are always shrieking that Dan Savage is vulgar and tasteless. Don't those commenters ever have similar criticism for how tasteless Rick Santorum's obsession with gay sex is? Not even one little peep of Santorum criticism from the Dan Savage haters? Why is that, I wonder?

    Posted by: Artie Rimbaud | Jul 31, 2011 12:28:35 PM



  7. American culture? Sorry, but that's an oxymoron.

    Much like Rick Santorum's intelligence.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jul 31, 2011 12:30:55 PM


  8. DITTO!! ^^^

    "ATTENTION DAN SAVAGE (i know he reads these)

    PLEASE "RICK" ROLL THIS POS AND PLEASE DO IT SOON...... JUST AS SUGGESTED YOU WOULD...

    THANK YOU DAN FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR YOUTH AND OUR COMMUNITY,,,,,"


    Posted by: Oliver | Jul 31, 2011 1:03:50 PM


  9. We can't risk a federal marriage amendment at this time and "social engineering" amendments are generally a bad fit for the constitution. Look what happened in CA to see how awkward and how badly these things play out.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 31, 2011 1:10:30 PM


  10. American culture is re-designing itself all the time. Often (although not always) for the better. In fact the very founding of our country was a massive re-design, a huge, daring, and absolutely radical social and political experiment. If there is anything distinctive about American culture, it has been our ability and readiness to experiment, to innovate, to CHANGE. When did we become a country of spineless cowards, quivering in fear at the prospect of something being DIFFERENT???

    Posted by: John B. | Jul 31, 2011 1:22:34 PM


  11. "American Culture" = Str8 White Heterosexual Christian privileged Males.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jul 31, 2011 1:47:43 PM


  12. Look forward to his biography on Forensic Files one day.

    Posted by: Dan Skinner | Jul 31, 2011 1:48:57 PM


  13. I wish Santorum would just deal with his own personal issues with homosexuality and stay out of other people's lives. These Republicans want more government interference in people's lives and then lie about it. Unfortunately for Santorum, he has become a household joke in many places. All one need to is see some of the websites like "spreadingsantorum.com" to see what people really think of him. The Republican party seems have a bus load of nuts for candidates this time.

    Posted by: John Bartlett | Jul 31, 2011 2:07:51 PM


  14. What is he so scared of? I think he is waaaaay too concerned about homosexuality. Is he gay himself? Gotta ask, because his visceral hatred of all things gay suggests he is.

    Posted by: shle896 | Jul 31, 2011 2:24:19 PM


  15. he's gay!

    Posted by: andy bell | Jul 31, 2011 2:34:57 PM


  16. Rickie seems to have only one item on his agenda: kill gay marriage. Methinks the lad (or lass) protests too much. Most politicians who constantly harp on this issue are ultimately found to be homosexual themselves but cannot accept it, and so they scream about how horrible it is. For them, yes; for the rest of us, no. Rick, you don't have the intelligence to be President, and I would appreciate it if you fulminate in your own home but not in everyone else' face.

    Posted by: Doug Parks | Jul 31, 2011 3:31:01 PM


  17. Steve et al.

    "Doesn't he have anything else to talk about?"

    A better question: Don't you all have something else to do?

    It just amazes me that every time a scumbag of the earth like Rick Santorum opens his mouth to say ANYTHING (it doesn't even have to be related to gays any more), towleroad is just way too happy to report it and readers can't wait to comment.

    I don't know why this extremist has everyone's attention. This man's views should make everyone ignore him. The fact that the towleroad readership gets excited every time Santorum opens his mouth says more about the readers here than about Santorum.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 31, 2011 3:56:50 PM


  18. Internationally the arc of justice has been swinging a long time toward individual human rights and away from conforming to social norms. While America is not at the forefront of marriage equality, America is certainly caught in the momentum of the larger human rights movement which includes this year's Arab Spring. Mark my words, once American public opinion hits a threshold, the Republican party will recalibrate it's platform and support gay rights in order to remain competitive.

    Posted by: bgness | Jul 31, 2011 4:04:04 PM


  19. Why do you give space on this page for this moron? Santorum is waaaay out of touch. I'm personally sick of giving uneducated, bigoted politicians space on our news sites.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 31, 2011 4:12:55 PM


  20. I have no problem with his position that marriage needs to have one definition as long as the amendment keeps in mind that no one can to forced to follow any religious practices against their will. People came to this land for religious freedom, and I'm not about to let anyone take that right away from me.

    Posted by: Garst | Jul 31, 2011 4:34:12 PM


  21. I think he's a baptist minister, the people who gave us slavery, the kkk, and segregation.

    Got a new group to hate.

    Unfortunately about 4 yrs ago he didnt break his effing neck. Some gay people came to talk with him in his office. He jumped up, ran toward the door, aNd god nearly got rid of him, so I've read.

    Posted by: stanJames | Jul 31, 2011 5:09:32 PM


  22. "…Santorum makes a valid point: 'You can’t have 50 different definitions of marriage.'"

    You can't? Why not? Because mass production requires mass markets and unless everyone walks in lockstep as a Stepford bride/groom our spiritual economy will collapse?

    Heaven forfend.

    Why can't we have 50 different definitions of marriage? Why can't we have 50 million different definitions? Why can't we let the members of every single marriage define it for themselves?

    Because then we'd have to admit what this is all about, regardless of gay or straight: competition, one-upping your neighbor, the tragic failure of the imagination, cowardice, laziness, and a weak-minded longing for bogus respectability as defined by others whom you don't like and shouldn't respect. If we respect individual choice, however will we use mass disapproval to control each other? If we don't enforce uniformity, how will we avoid being threatened with an endless variety of choices when all we really want is to one more Oreo in the giant CostCo economy pack?

    Instead, let's all have mandatory marriage, mandatory monogamy, mandatory child rearing, watch TV for 40-60 hours a week and spend the rest of our free time shopping.

    Straight or gay, It's a wunnerful life.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 31, 2011 5:15:37 PM


  23. Doesn't he have anything else to talk about? Actually, no, apparently, and with the level of obsession he has about homosexuality, this is the biggest self loathing closet case there is. Remember, he's only raised $500,000 so far. Obama is already the top fund raising presidential candidate in history. Good luck with this one, Santorum: you're the worst fund raiser in the whole republican field.

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 31, 2011 5:23:29 PM


  24. All the problems in the world, and this is all the guy can talk about. Seriously, can someone just hose him away?

    Posted by: Max | Jul 31, 2011 7:18:14 PM


  25. Why can't we have 50 definitions of marriage? Each state has set the rules for marriage all along and there is no reason to change it except in some basics. Racial laws on marriage were rightfully made illegal everywhere, similarly so should laws restricting marriage to heterosexual couples. But the rest of it, such as age, consent requirements if underage, licensing issues, waiting periods, blood tests, etc., are all state issues and not federal issues.

    Right now, if the federal govt. defined marriage there would be no same-sex marriage anywhere. Because we don't have federal control a substantial portion of gay people can legally marry in their own state, and all can do it if they travel to states that do. The problem is that federal definitions WERE passed making those marriages ineffectively legally at the federal level.

    It seems all the progress made has been made precisely because we can have 50 definitions of marriage and the reasons gay marriages are NOT recognized is federal control. Reality goes against the view expressed in your post.

    Posted by: Storey Institute | Jul 31, 2011 8:58:11 PM


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