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Rick Santorum Blames Plummeting Marriage Rates on Gays

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Rick Santorum blamed gays for plummeting marriage rates in a bizarre tweet reacting to a Pew poll.

Think Progress LGBT notes: "Today, barely half of Americans over the age 18 are married. But Pew attributes the decline not to same-sex marriage — which would actually increase rates — but a combination of factors including: the social acceptance of cohabitation, a greater emphasis on higher education and career development, and the desire to develop financial independence before tying the knot."

For frothy, everything leads back to gay sex.

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  1. this reminds me of the pictures of the fox news graph (unemployment rate under obama) that's been floating around this week.

    Scary to think that there really are people who are so persuaded/convinced by the media that they'll believe this BS.

    Posted by: Kraig | Dec 14, 2011 3:20:12 PM


  2. Mid-day Open Thread at the Daily Kos predicted a wingnut would jump on this poll with exactly that reaction. Didn't take long.

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 14, 2011 3:25:24 PM


  3. I would tell Rick Santorum that he is making an empirical claim and that such a claim can either be supported or rejected by data. But then he would not know what "empirical claim" means since it isn't in his bible. And the data isn't in his bible either. So then then none of it actually exists or is just a trick of the devil. Either way, Rick gets to make up whatever story he deems fit. *sigh*

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Dec 14, 2011 3:37:06 PM


  4. this man is absolutely DETERMINED to drive one of his own children to suicide.
    wow.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 14, 2011 3:41:01 PM


  5. I'm not quite sure how the Senator is reasoning that gay marriage, legal in only 6 U.S. States and for less than 9 years in the earliest state, could have had any significant effect on the marriage rate of heterosexuals yet. One of the main problems that social conservatives have is that the changes they fear usually take a long time to happen, and by the time they become noticeable many people are no longer opposed to them. As a social conservative, the Senator's natural argument should be that gay marrige could adversely affect marriage rates by legimitizing same-sex relationships for men, who we know are less commitment-oriented to start with. Or that gay marriages are less likely to involve monogamy and that if this becomes acceptable for gay marriages, straight married couples could follow suit - leading to marriage having less meaning overall and being viewed increasingly as pointless by everyone. But again, these two theories would take far longer than a decade to test. And naturally, they ARE just theories at this point.

    First Senator Santorum (and believe it or not, I've heard him called "Frothy" so much that I almost think of it as his name) rambled on about napkins and paper towels. Now this. If he plans on getting any votes next year he'll have to doing better than this. I have a hard time believing that this is the best he can do, but I have no idea what is causing this sloppy reasoning he's displaying.

    Truly perplexing.

    Posted by: Mary | Dec 14, 2011 3:42:54 PM


  6. Ohh the moment I heard this - I KNEW that some RIGHT WING KOOK would jump all over and "Waaa-laaaa"!! BLAME THE GAYS......and of course SANTORUM doesn't diasappoint.

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 14, 2011 3:47:08 PM


  7. Way to keep on stirring that santorum, Santorum.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 14, 2011 4:58:00 PM


  8. I strongly suspect "what is causing this sloppy reasoning" is that it's not reasoning at all but rationalizations. Although you appear to have rationally considered this issue and come up with an opposing point of view, I don't honestly believe this thoughtful approach is all that common among die-hard opponents, who largely either come at it from sheer animus/bigotry (which are emotive rather than rational) or as a result of going along with what their peer group/church leaders/partisan pundits say without putting too much thought into it and when challenged/debated merely parrot back the talking points. The sheer fact that such an overwhelming majority of ssm opponents repeat the same points pretty much verbatim and can't elaborate or explain beyond those points seems to clearly indicate they're just following the crowd. That Santorum actually gets "creative" and tries to come up with new arguments of his own, coupled with the intensity and downright nastiness of his crusade against us, indicates to me his aversion to us is coming from the gut rather than the head, but obviously saying "Cuz I think it's icky and God doesn't like it!" won't convince anybody, so he just throws together whatever he thinks will "sound good" at the time.

    Posted by: Shelly | Dec 14, 2011 5:04:49 PM


  9. Santorum has only one thing on his tiny brain- gay sex- now why would a straight married Catholic man be so fascinated by such a "sinful" subject...?

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 14, 2011 5:08:28 PM


  10. Santorum needs to check into a...sanatorium!

    Posted by: Vern Duffordvern | Dec 14, 2011 5:12:53 PM


  11. I wish however this muscle bear that turned him down sexually a while back, would come forward and expose this freak.
    It’s obvious he’s GAB, GAY AND BITTER over us. It’s ridiculous how he keeps hammering away at us.
    It’s scary to see his signs in NH everywhere!
    Does he even have any plans in motion to help us as a nation to help create jobs and fix the economy.
    Or is his main goal is to get the bible belt votes by attacking us all the time!

    Posted by: Keke | Dec 14, 2011 5:15:27 PM


  12. Santorum is just jealous.

    Posted by: daneilw | Dec 14, 2011 5:22:30 PM


  13. @Mary: Not perplexing at all. Rick Santorum is Catholic, that is to say, irrational.

    Your careful analysis and reasoning is exactly the opposite and provides the most sensible explanation I have seen for opposing gay marriage. It also leads you to predict the end of marriage which heteros have pretty much already accomplished through divorce and serial polygamy.

    If anyone is responsible for the decline of marriage it must be divorce lawyers who have made it so expensive.

    Posted by: quite contrary | Dec 14, 2011 6:37:03 PM


  14. Santorum, like all the other homophobes needs to realize that 'marriage equality' is an idea whose time has come (finally). Resistance is futile!!

    Posted by: jhr459 | Dec 14, 2011 8:23:41 PM


  15. The first state to legalize marriage equality, Massachusetts, consistently has the lowest divorce rates in the country. What a freaking idiot.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 14, 2011 8:36:50 PM


  16. That's funny, I blame his falling poll numbers on his constant mumblings about all things gay.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2011 8:42:05 PM


  17. citing marriage equality as a reason not to be married proves a lack of faith in marriage.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Dec 14, 2011 11:29:50 PM


  18. Oh, to be inside his mind to understand the cause for his unrelenting obsession with all things gay. This man needs to be marginalized and denounced as the utter crackpot he is. As fascinating, entertaining, and infuriating he can be, the best way to accomplish that is to ignore his rants and not give him the slightest media voice. This goes for those morons Bachmann and Perry as well.

    Posted by: ConcernedHomo | Dec 15, 2011 3:02:27 PM


  19. She really needs to get over herself and just come out! Otherwise go the way of Palin and become more irrellevant!

    Posted by: billmiller | Dec 25, 2011 11:31:04 AM


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