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Rick Santorum: Gay Marriage Discourages Straight Marriage - VIDEO


Bill O'Reilly invited Rick Santorum to appear on his show following Grosse Pointe High School's decision this week to re-invite the failed presidential candidate to speak after a cancelation and complaints from Santorum that his "free speech rights" were being trampled on.

Santorum said it was "disappointing" that parents were being made to sign a permission slip for their kids to see him speak "as if there's something that that person could do to harm your child."

After a discussion about how marriage equality is winning because it's being framed as a civil rights issue, O'Reilly asked Santorum if he believed that gay marriage would be "discouraging heterosexual marriage."

Said Santorum:

“Yeah, I believe we would. And because we'd be saying that marriage isn't about children. Isn't about having children. Isn't about raising children. And when we say that, then of course, the consequences are you're probably going to have less children. It's happening as we see it. It's already happening in America. Before this whole gay marriage debate, we really have seen a change in what marriage is in America."


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  1. "Before this whole gay marriage debate, we really have seen a change in what marriage is in America."

    So equality isn't the cause, right?

    Posted by: Syrax | Apr 13, 2013 6:19:24 PM

  2. The main pic tells everything.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 13, 2013 6:20:56 PM

  3. A few less children in the world is a bad thing? We are well past survival mode as a species.

    Posted by: Andrew K | Apr 13, 2013 6:23:05 PM

  4. Isn't it time we sent Bill flowers? He's doing such a great job for us !! It took him time to realize that given enough rope...they do it for us.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Apr 13, 2013 6:25:33 PM

  5. Adults should be be required to have a signed permission from someone to listen to Santorum

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 13, 2013 6:27:06 PM

  6. People who oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry don't seem to get it -- marriage in the US has never legally been about procreation, since neither marriage nor procreation is a necessary or sufficient condition of the other.

    It's not gay and lesbian couples that separated the two; straight couples did that when they started marrying for love rather than solely to procreate. Once marriage became about sexual and romantic pair bonding, there was no reason not to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

    And, of course, we are procreating these days, and adopting kids. So even if procreation and child rearing were necessary conditions of marriage, there still would be no reason to deny us the right to marry.

    Santorum's only reason to bar gay and lesbian couples from marriage is his own moral disapprobation, and, while he is entitled to hold that view, it should carry no weight in a discussion of civil marriage.

    Posted by: Patrick Hogan | Apr 13, 2013 6:31:46 PM

  7. "as if there's something that that person could do to harm your child."

    But it is okay to fire gay teachers. The hypocrisy in Santorum's speech is indecent and eroding of whatever moral he attempts to hold on to.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 13, 2013 6:33:02 PM

  8. I think the school is right to make parents sign a permission slip to listen to a washed up comedian who tells bigoted jokes.

    Posted by: Garst | Apr 13, 2013 6:33:51 PM

  9. Let's see. Santorum complained that animus was raised as an argument against same-sex marriage bans. If you need a real life example of animus, read up on William Tam, one of the Prop 8 sponsors and a defendent-intervenor in a Prop 8 case, which you can find at .

    Tam was a poster boy for animus and ended up being used as a hostile witness. The campaign literature he put out includes a series of lies: an alleged gay agenda to "legalize having sex with children," a false claim that "homosexuals were 12 times more likely to molest children," and a Ghostbusters-like claim of a disaster of Biblical proportions in which, if Prop 8 did not pass, "one by one, other states would fall into Satan's hands."

    His lies came back to haunt him as Olson and Boises used Tam to show that Proposition Eight was motifivated by homophobia and animus.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 13, 2013 6:34:09 PM

  10. Is Santorum finally admitting regret that when looking for a lifepartner in his youth, he was never given the choice to marry gay, but rather was under the obligation to marry straight?

    Posted by: Maguitac | Apr 13, 2013 6:37:31 PM


    Replying to these idiots who make their living spouting hate and are really just trolling for donations and speaking fees.
    Especially batshit people like the Sanscumscums, who had a baby from a 49yr old womb, then play for sympathy that the baby has problems.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 13, 2013 6:46:04 PM

  12. seeing as how a species only really needs about 36 non related matting pairs to ensure survival and a healthy gene pool........Humanity at 7 billion + people is way past the need of ensuring we have more children

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 13, 2013 6:53:14 PM

  13. Wow I really couldn't care less what he has to say, and it's really a shame the school invited him back. But he's such an ass that it's like Westboro Church, where he probably ends up helping gay people because he's so insane and any normal person can see that.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 13, 2013 6:53:58 PM

  14. I'll frame this a different way: who cares what Rick Santorum says or believes about anything. He isn't relevant to 95% of the people in this country, I would hazard a guess that 70% think he's at least a little off his meds. He is simply someone who is predictable which makes him fodder for shows like O'Reilly's.

    Santorum isn't making law. He isn't influencing anyone who doesn't already believe what he believes. He's irrelevant in the worst way: he's predictable.

    Posted by: Bart | Apr 13, 2013 6:59:14 PM

  15. Crazy God complex. That picture of him really does say it all. "as if there's something that that person could do to harm your child." Yeah, hate speech hurts and you should be locked up for criminal behavior.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 13, 2013 7:13:28 PM

  16. Hahaha, Frothy Mix's son is also a loser:

    John Santorum takes after his father when it comes to politics: They have both campaigned for the office of president, and now they both have lost.

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's son John lost his race to become class president at the Citadel, a public military college in South Carolina.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Apr 13, 2013 7:15:16 PM

  17. I wonder what the kids who don't go to see him have to do? If they have to sit in a study hall and do homework, they'll probably opt in. If they get to go home early, they'll probably opt out.

    Posted by: Lymis | Apr 13, 2013 7:19:09 PM

  18. Rick Santorum : Yes Johnny ,what's your question?
    Johnny: Mr.Santorum what is a frothy mix and why are you called that ?

    Posted by: MAP | Apr 13, 2013 7:25:28 PM

  19. Foolish as is his supposition, fewer children on a planet that is already overburdened with too many people would actually be a good thing. So by Frothy's argument, score another reason to support marriage equality

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 13, 2013 7:28:25 PM

  20. With horrible overpopulation, procreation is incredibly selfish, and destructive

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 13, 2013 7:42:20 PM

  21. I think he should've stayed in the car.

    Posted by: barney | Apr 13, 2013 7:45:56 PM

  22. Republicans - please nominate Santorum in 2016. What a winner!

    Posted by: secure214 | Apr 13, 2013 8:15:58 PM

  23. Rick Santorum is such a hypocrite. I guess the "sanctity of marriage" wasn't harmed by his wife Karen living with her abortion-doctor boyfriend for several years before she met him. Isn't that what the Catholic Church calls "living in sin?"

    Posted by: Ninong | Apr 13, 2013 8:22:16 PM

  24. Being in the same world with Rick Santorum is harmful to children.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Apr 13, 2013 8:26:54 PM

  25. He sees women as just incubators.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Apr 13, 2013 8:30:24 PM

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