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Rick Santorum: Gay Equality Creates 'Super' Rights

Santorum_Rick Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum sat down with the Des Moines Register yesterday to explain why he thinks the federal government should step aside from regulating education, gripe about the media not giving him any love and why he thinks gay marriage is a "super" right.

"Religious liberty is now trumped," he said. "The courts have created a ‘super’ right that’s above a right that’s actually in the Constitution, and that’s of sexual liberty. And I think that’s a wrong, that’s a destructive element.”

Santorum's hyperbolic opposition of course comes as no surprise: the former Pennsylvania Senator did, after all, once equated consensual gay sex with incest and bestiality. By comparison, his dubious super right claim is quite tame.

On a related note: Santorum ranked last in yesterday's Harris Interactive Poll, even falling behind far lesser-known candidate Fred Karger.

That's right, he's getting topped by a gay man.

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  1. "He's getting topped by a gay man." BEST LINE EVER!

    Posted by: Jimbo | Aug 6, 2011 9:57:56 AM


  2. "Religious liberty is now trumped..."

    That's what Warren Jeffs says, too, so I suppose Santorum believes old men should be able to force young girls to marry them since that's his religion. Oh wait, I forgot, Santorum only means Christian when he says religion - his narrow definition of Christian that is.

    Posted by: boxerdad | Aug 6, 2011 10:04:58 AM


  3. Apparently Rick didn't do so well in math class, if he thinks making things equal makes one of them > the other.

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 6, 2011 10:22:14 AM


  4. Santorum is referring to the Lawrence v Texas opinion, which Chai Feldbloom interpreted as describing a type of sexual and personal freedom. She mused whether religious freedom should trump the fundamental freedom of which Justice Kennedy spoke.

    Posted by: Steven B | Aug 6, 2011 10:47:41 AM


  5. How is religious liberty affected? When Santorum and his ilk go to a state that has same-sex marriage, they can still go to church, they can still pray, and they can still bastardize Jesus' teachings.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 6, 2011 10:52:58 AM


  6. My question to every American that is opposed to gay marrige would be, "Why is everyone concerned who Jane Doe or John Smith is sleeping with?" Maybe it's America's fear of coming out of the closet? "Everyone, let us show America that it is okay to be herself, and that we will still love her!" Give America the right to be who she was born to be. Don't you agree that a "super country" deserves some "super" rights?

    Posted by: Bryson J Davis | Aug 6, 2011 10:54:44 AM


  7. Ah, the oft repeated idiocy of conservative socialists, like the fecal Mr. Santorum, as they crusade against America.
    Equal respect from the government for other people's religions IS religious liberty. Freedom of religion means freedom FROM having someone else's beliefs forced on you, the way Santorum wants government to force his beliefs on everyone else.

    Posted by: M | Aug 6, 2011 10:55:52 AM


  8. Rick has it backwards. Christians in this country have the "super" rights, and their rights infringe on the liberties of everyone else. Even if he were brighter than he is, Mr. Frothy-Mix would be unable to list a single specific religious right that is diminished by equality for all.

    But too much space is being wasted on Ricky. He won't get anywhere in the primaries, and he won't even be a footnote in history. He'll be a little frothy bubble, pop, gone . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 6, 2011 11:07:01 AM


  9. What part of "equal rights" don't you understand Santorum? Until all people enjoy the same rights and privleges' that you enjoy, than it is YOU who have the "super" rights as you like to call them, not us.

    We just want the same rights you enjoy, nothing more, nothing less. And some day we will have them in spite of you and your ilks best efforts to prevent it.

    Either get on board or be left behind. It's up to you. You and yours are quickly becoming irrelevant. Can't happen soon enough for me.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Aug 6, 2011 11:07:57 AM


  10. Rick is the one who wants "super" rights for himself and his religious beliefs. He wants his marriage to be special and exclusive, and doesn't want to share his marriage rights with gay people.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 6, 2011 11:10:05 AM


  11. He'll always be Mr. Anal Filth.
    That's what he is and that's how he will be remembered.

    Posted by: Hunter | Aug 6, 2011 11:22:26 AM


  12. It's a bizarre little equation the Religious Right has worked out for themselves, that a group having EQUAL rights impinges on their right to hate that group and deny them rights.

    The easiest way to understand it is to always keep in mind that NO MATTER WHAT happens, Christians are always the "real" victim. It's part of what Jon Stewart called the GOP: Special Victims Unit. If they can't do whatever the hell they want their "rights" are being abridged. This despite the fact that there has never been a single US President who wasn't at least nominally Christian, their religious holidays are the only ones honored by government closure, etc. etc. If they aren't allowed to DENY rights to gay people then THEY are the ones being harmed! It's an Alice In Wonderland version of reality, but since it's all based on belief in an all-powerful yet invisible deity perhaps expecting reason from them is unreasonable.

    However, when it comes to civil and secular LAW that's just too bad. They're losing the fight and they know it.

    Posted by: Codswallop | Aug 6, 2011 12:01:47 PM


  13. he needs to get but raped (over and over.)

    Posted by: nic | Aug 6, 2011 12:17:10 PM


  14. Who on earth want's to top Santorum? Eww.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Aug 6, 2011 12:19:51 PM


  15. old frothy mix seems to miss all the issues. the economy is crashing unemployment is over 9% jobs are hard to find, the debt is thru the roof and all he seems to see is who is sleeping with who. what makes his beliefs better or more important than anyone else. remember goggle old frothy mix.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 6, 2011 12:21:36 PM


  16. I predict, this moron will bow out of the race just as he did in 2008 for lack of support and funding.

    Religious cults (denominations are cults) already enjoy super rights, ergo...FULL representation WITHOUT taxation and are allowed to interfere in state elections in the form of ballot initiatives to which many of them donate, while we, on the other hand, are denied full representation but taxed to the hilt. We don't have marriage equality in this country, only inequality as long as the 1138 rights through marriage are denied us at the federal level. As such, we should demand exemption from paying federal taxes.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 6, 2011 12:22:34 PM


  17. Being topped by Karger, a gay republican presidential contender is comical even though it is just a pun; however, no lube for Santorum...let him feel it rough and raw...

    Posted by: Todd | Aug 6, 2011 12:22:35 PM


  18. What happened to this person in his younger years to make him such a hateful and hysterical specimen?

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Aug 6, 2011 12:41:06 PM


  19. I agree with him! I think allowing gays to get married is just SUPER! Now, if only we could get rid of DOMA and allow marriage equality on a federal level, that would be REALLY SUPER!

    Posted by: Doug Chgo | Aug 6, 2011 1:42:51 PM


  20. Did you folks not get the news yet? Less than 500 thousand dollars left in Santorum's account. And donations have dried to a halt. Gonna miss him pretty soon!

    LOL

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 6, 2011 1:45:17 PM


  21. This guy has to be a closet queer. Anyone who is so obsessed with homesexuals as he is has to be fighting some inner conflict.

    Posted by: PSDenizen | Aug 6, 2011 1:48:40 PM


  22. more froth. when he says his religious liberty is trumped he means that his freedom to spread hate and lies has had its legitimacy questioned in some places.

    Posted by: Danny | Aug 6, 2011 1:54:34 PM


  23. This man thinks only gay people are listening and reading gay orientated blogs, news, etc. He is very mistaken. His hatred is like a call to many straight people to get on board with the gay rights issue. So let him rant because it only makes those of us with half a brain join forces against such hatred. Or as my 85 yr old mother said after listening to one of these right wing nuts...where can I help with this civil rights issue. I pointed her and her pocket book to the sites I support.

    Posted by: Jade | Aug 6, 2011 2:13:31 PM


  24. I think I'll Google Santorum 50 times today....

    Posted by: Jim-Cleveland | Aug 6, 2011 2:37:36 PM


  25. Mr. Frothy Mix, equal rights are neither special nor super, they are just what you have as your birthright as a citizen, male or female, gay or straight or otherwise, black, white, brown or whatever flavor you come in, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist or whatever. The only thing that makes you special is that you had a sometimes sexual byproduct named for you. Crawl back under the rock you've been under since you lost your Senate seat.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Aug 6, 2011 3:12:36 PM


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