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Rick Santorum Vows To Invalidate Gay Marriage Vows, Gets Glitterbombed: VIDEO

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The Iowa caucuses are tomorrow, which means presidential candidates like Rick Santorum are pulling out all the stops to woo social conservatives who can make or break campaigns in the Hawkeye State.

Determined to prove himself the most conservative White House hopeful, the former Pennsylvania senator last Friday told MSNBC's Chuck Todd that in addition to banning marriage equality from coast-to-coast with a federal amendment, he also hopes to nullify all existing same-sex nuptials.

Here's the transcript, via ThinkProgress:

SANTORUM: I think marriage has to be one thing for everybody. We can’t have 50 different marriage laws in this country, you have to have one marriage law…

TODD: What would you do with same-sex couples who got married? Would you make them get divorced?

SANTORUM: Well, their marriage would be invalid. I think if the constitution says “marriage is this,” then people whose marriage is not consistent with the constitution… I’d love to think there’s another way of doing it.

Santorum goes on to say that he wants to take matters into his own hands lest the Supreme Court decide the matter once and for all in a move he likens to 'Roe v. Wade,' which lifted bans on abortion.

His argument, not surprisingly, amounts to more contradictory messages from a conservative. They believe in love and family, yet only if it fits into their tidy, archaic little box. The rest of us deserve to languish -- alone and pitiful and oppressed. That's some grand old politicking, right there!

In related news, Santorum was glitterbombed Friday evening. It wasn't as large or impressive of a display as some of the other rainbow-flavored actions against GOP candidates, but it's better than nothing.

I've included video of the incident, as well as Santorum's exchange with Todd, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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  1. "Taste the rainbow"? Is a protest effective if all it does is produce chuckles in the protestee and those who witness it?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 2, 2012 8:43:00 AM


  2. Rick who? Mr. Frothy Mix will be out of the race soon enough. I plan on sending him a copy of our wedding announcement this June.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Jan 2, 2012 8:45:27 AM


  3. The #1 homophobic bigot running for the GOPer presidential nomination hasn't a chance in Hell of being elected president - and not just because of his unfathomable rants against us homosexuals. Dream on, Sen. Frothy Mix, dream on. Enjoy your little Iowa spotlight while you can. You'll be jolted awake to reality soon enough.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 2, 2012 8:53:54 AM


  4. What's conservative about poking one's nose into other people's relationships and trying to tear their marriages apart?

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 2, 2012 9:00:35 AM


  5. Ummm...did I miss the glitterbombing? At what frame did it occur?

    Posted by: evolutionisfact | Jan 2, 2012 9:00:56 AM


  6. Who cares? He's mastered his base: evangelical haters. Luckily, they aren't very enough to make him anything but a memory in a few months. And having Murdoch's sealof approval only hurts him with mainstream voters.

    Bottom line, he's a pathetic man who think more about gay sex than I do, and that's saying something.

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 2, 2012 9:35:43 AM


  7. Wait.....he wants to have ACTIVIST JUDGES determine who can be married? Huh?

    Posted by: Barry C. | Jan 2, 2012 9:40:55 AM


  8. wait...I misread....he still hates activist judges.

    Posted by: Barry C. | Jan 2, 2012 9:42:50 AM


  9. Instead of throwing a "glitter bomb" at Santorum like a 3 year old toddler having a temper tantrum, how about confronting him like an adult and engaging in an adult political conversation?

    "Taste the rainbow"? C'mon. Grow up.

    Posted by: Victor McGann | Jan 2, 2012 10:53:24 AM


  10. The headline here is misleading; Santorum wouldn't attempt to "invalidate gay marriage vows", he would seek to nullify the legal marriages of same-sex couples. No same-sex couples have "gay marriages/vows", they have marriages. By Frothy's logic, any legal marriages could be subject to cherry picking, depending on who was in office. Maybe we should nullify the marriages of, say, elderly couples or mixed-race couples? After all, those elderly couples cost money, and not everyone approves of mixed-race marriages.

    But he is right about one thing: we shouldn't have 50 different laws in 50 different states. (One reason why states' rights supremacists like Ron Paul would be disastrous for gay rights.) We should have one marriage law in the US that includes same-sex couples since there is no rational reason to exclude them. Unfortunately for Rick, the Constitution will be on our side, not his, and his frothy glory will be short-lived, so he'll never have the chance to meddle in our lives.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 2, 2012 11:05:52 AM


  11. Pandering politicians are SO DISGUSTING!

    Santorum and most other Republican Presidential candidates are not as anti-gay as they seem. Santorum says he has gay friends and has no problem with gay people...yet he spews hateful anti-gay rhetoric just to sway Right-wing-nut voters in Iowa.

    When will America smarten-up and vote for a moderate who tells it like it is...instead of sleazy pandering politicians?

    The very fact most of the Republicans (and their left-wing-kook counterparts) are willing to lie to get elected should disqualify them from public office.

    Santorum and all the other big-name candidates are so disgusting!

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2012 11:31:03 AM


  12. anyone that thinks Rick Santorum can be "talked to" on this issue like a "calm rational adult" is delusional.

    engaging him in adult political conversation? what would be the point? the man cannot address any direct questions with a straight answer. his bigotry has no intellectual defense, it's all baseless pious hypocritical nonsense.

    truly, anyone who thinks a good calm rational dialogue will change the minds of Santorum, Bachmann, Palin, etc is not living in the real world.

    Santorum won't understand the harm he's inflicted until he comes home one day and finds one of his own children hanging by their neck in their bedroom closet.
    truly. he has 7 kids. they're not all straight. whether the child grows up, defies him and moves away or simply ends their own life there is one thing for certain - Ricky's gonna lose a child due to his beliefs. and i hate that. but it's true.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 2, 2012 11:43:10 AM


  13. @Victor: The merits of this protest aside, do you seriously believe that Santorum is capable of an "adult" discussion of gay issues? Really?

    Posted by: jomicur | Jan 2, 2012 11:45:17 AM


  14. Glitter bombing, "better than nothing?" Speak for your damn self! These confetti attacks are beyond stupid. When hetero-fascists like Rick Santorum mouth off, activists should stage a die-in. It would be far more appropriate! Hate speech leads directly to bullying and brutality against Gay people.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jan 2, 2012 12:07:34 PM


  15. Considering he has no money left for NH or SC, I'd say he's this year's Mike Huckabee, waiting for a TV spot on Fox News.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 2, 2012 12:42:39 PM


  16. @ STUFFED ANIMAL:
    I agree...though certainly attention-getting, "glitter-bombing" makes gays look really silly.

    MUCH more effective and courageous would be OWS-like "spontaneous speech outbreaks", where our message of full equality and acceptance is heard loud-and-clear.

    If anything, "glitter-bombing" suggests we're not serious, and we can be ignored and trivialized.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2012 1:00:23 PM


  17. He deserves more than a "glitter bomb!" Maybe a raging case of Herpes?

    Posted by: Harry | Jan 2, 2012 9:33:52 PM


  18. They should mix the glitter in water and make water balloons with it. Much more effective at being disruptive.

    Posted by: Jeff K. | Jan 2, 2012 11:01:57 PM


  19. The jackass who threw glitter on Santorum only helped Santorum with conservatives and other voters. In this country even Santorum has freedom of speech, as much as many of us disagree with him. The way to counter bad or hateful speech is with good constructive speech not by assaulting the speaker.

    Posted by: jack | Jan 2, 2012 11:32:15 PM


  20. Q: What do you get when you mix glitter with Santorum

    A: A sparkly hot mess.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jan 3, 2012 12:50:24 AM


  21. @KIWI...as usual you're right on target. It would be nice to think that we could reason with the likes of santorum...but it's not ever going to happen. He wants us gone...period. You can't reason with that.
    Sadly, the ultimate response to the likes of santorum needs to be something more forceful than glitterbombs. I wouldn't advocate for violence...but if it happened to drop out of the sky on his head...I would be one happy gay camper.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jan 3, 2012 2:41:51 PM


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