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Rick Santorum and Stephen Colbert Froth Over Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert welcomed Rick Santorum on The Colbert Report last night to discuss the 2016 presidential election, Santorum's new film The Christmas Candle, and the meaning of marriage.

"We're losing this one, aren't we?" Colbert asks.

Santorum_colbert"Marriage has slipped away from us," says Santorum. "Marriage has devolved into just a romantic relationship between two people, and that's not what marriage is."

"It's for transferring property," Colbert adds.

"But marriage is more than that, and heterosexuals have lost the definition of marriage so it's not surprising that other people want to see 'well this is all marriage is today, and so we should be involved in that'. The better debate is to talk about what marriage is and try to reclaim the institution as a man and a woman coming together to have children and raise them in a way that continues society."

Asks Colbert: "What if we just say...gays you can have marriage. Because at this point marriage is something that seems kind of gay!"

Santorum then froths on about children needing a mother and a father, and chooses not to respond to this barb from Colbert:

"What if they have mother and no father? Wouldn't it be better for them to have no parents than to be loved by two gay people?"


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  1. Monkey. Stage. Dance.

    Wish Colbert would be really careful about giving fools like Santorum a platform. Unless you're gonna make him look like an utter fool.

    Posted by: Monkey. Stage. Dance. | Nov 20, 2013 9:09:52 AM

  2. Marriage hasn't "slipped away" from anywhere. If any thing, legalized divorce caused marriage to "slip away". I can see how it suits his position to see it so blindly though. Don't let the fact that federal protections are tied to marriage mar your ideology.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 20, 2013 9:17:00 AM

  3. "I've heard some disturbing news that gays can have children"

    Colbert is probably the best social comic today. He manages to make Santorum look like a fool while feeding his beliefs back to him.

    Posted by: jtramon | Nov 20, 2013 9:20:11 AM

  4. Oh, man...when he says that marriage is for raising children....I hope he'll go explain this to former NOM-drone Thomas Peters, whose recent spinal cord injury renders him about 99.5% unlikely of participating in the conception of a child. I suppose that according to Santorum, Peters should divorce his bride of six months, so that she can go and marry a real man who can impregnate her. As hateful as Thomas Peters has been, I've never said anything as hateful about him as what Santorum just said.

    Posted by: Limp Gimp | Nov 20, 2013 9:20:53 AM

  5. Santorum (and his people) don't even have the wherewithal to research the fact that Colbert was raised by a single widowed mother after Colbert's father was killed in a horrible crash. Methinks Colbert turned out more than okay.

    Posted by: BrianNow | Nov 20, 2013 9:27:10 AM

  6. What Colbert really needed to do was get Santorum talking about the new pope's view that it would be best to stop speaking out against gay rights. That would have put super papist Santorum in a difficult position. And Colbert is such an agile interviewer that he could have cornered him.

    Posted by: woody | Nov 20, 2013 9:31:45 AM

  7. If I were Colbert, I wouldn't even be able to touch Frothy Santorum.

    And yes, Ricky, romance is the worst possible reason to get married. What a moron!

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 20, 2013 9:37:24 AM

  8. Yeah, it would have been nice if Colbert had brought up Pope Francis' recent statements regarding gays to see how Santorum would respond.

    But otherwise this was classic Colbert, exposing an interviewee as an idiot while seeming to agree with him. It's an interesting contrast too because, as Colbert said, they both ARE devout Catholics but have vast differences in their world-view and political ideologies.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 20, 2013 9:38:38 AM

  9. I watched this. It was hysterical and most of it just zooooomed right over Frothy's head.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 20, 2013 9:41:54 AM

  10. Colbert didn't really destroy Santorum like he could have, but I think he wanted Santorum to dig his own grave by giving him the opportunity to explain his ignorant views. It is dangerous, to give people like this a platform but, it's not like many who watch Colbert believes what Santorum has to say. Santorum actually (can't believe I'm saying this) handled himself pretty well and articulated his views well in a situation he could have been embarrassed in. Of course, his views are awful, that goes without saying.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 20, 2013 9:44:13 AM

  11. What LIMP and JTRAMON said.

    Posted by: mymy | Nov 20, 2013 10:13:52 AM

  12. Count me among the folks that abhor Santorum enough that I won't even be able to watch this.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Nov 20, 2013 10:42:29 AM

  13. Colbert is a very class act. Santorums defec ts were obvious.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Nov 20, 2013 11:05:44 AM

  14. Just goes to show how clueless Frothy is. Colbert was tearing him to bits, and he didn't even seem to notice.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 20, 2013 11:18:16 AM

  15. Santorum remains determined to ruin his family name for generations to come.

    Digital history, dude. Your name will be synonymous with ignorant bigotry for DECADES; possibly longer.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 20, 2013 11:42:08 AM

  16. Even if we accept the argument that it is best for a child to have a "natural" (i.e. biological) mother and father, when we're talking about adoption, we're talking about kids whose "natural" parents are not willing or able to raise them. So is Frothy proposing that only married heterosexuals be allowed to adopt? He didn't say so, but he was clearly implying that as a policy solution.

    Posted by: Clayton | Nov 20, 2013 12:48:14 PM

  17. The glorious flaw of the "children need a mother and father" non-argument is that it HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MARRIAGE!!!

    Gay couples are not only allowed to adopt (well, in most civilized places...) but they're allowed to, and are fully capable of, HAVING THEIR OWN CHILDREN.

    Banning gay marriage doesn't mean that "children have a mother and father" - it just means the children of gay parents are put at a disadvantage by their parents not having access to the benefits afforded straight married couples. Duh.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 20, 2013 1:05:03 PM

  18. To say that it's better for kids to be orphaned than to have gay parents is probably the most shockingly ignorant thing I have ever heard from this bigot, and that's saying a lot. He's so worried about the kids... So let's just give them no parents at all. Huh?

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Nov 20, 2013 2:06:44 PM

  19. old frothy mixis just so anxious to get his face on tv he didn't catch on that colbert made him look like an ass . all little rick could do was smile like a fool

    Posted by: walter | Nov 20, 2013 4:31:23 PM

  20. It is not the purpose of law to mandate what is 'best'. The purpose of law is to discourage people from doing things that cause harm.

    The scare of obamacare death panels would be nothing compared to the evils that would result if we give our government the power to enforce laws for no reason other to enforce what some think is 'best' for our alleged immortal souls.

    Posted by: Jexer | Nov 20, 2013 7:03:21 PM

  21. Most of me hopes that Santorum would be the nomimee (to insure a democratic landslide).

    However, if he's the nominee he could possibly win, so I find that scary.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Nov 20, 2013 8:30:32 PM

  22. I wish I could have been there to help Stephen with the Silkwood scrub he undoubtedly took, right after the show wrapped.

    Noxious filth.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 21, 2013 12:34:40 AM

  23. Santorum is unable to view reality. Gay people love. We have children. We raise amazing kids. He can't handle this so he pretends it's not happening.

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 21, 2013 1:18:14 AM

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