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Rick Santorum Says He'll Make a Great President Since He Fought to Keep Gay Sex Illegal: VIDEO

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Speaking at a meeting with Iowa state legislators Wednesday, Rick Santorum said that his opposition to the 2003 Supreme Court decision striking down anti-gay “sodomy” bans is proof of his strength of leadership, reports Right Wing Watch.

Addressing the “media created” backlash against r'ight to discriminate' legislation in Indiana and Arkansas, Santorum stated:

“I go back 13 years to when I was in the Senate and stood up and said, ‘If the Supreme Court decides a case this way, then all these bad things are going to start happening.’ And I said we would have same-sex marriage in this country in ten years. I was wrong: it was five years. And I was put through a national wringer like no one had been put through and I have been put through over and over and over again because I am not going to back down from what I believe is the right course for our country.”

He added that he has been “fighting for the truth and not the perversion that we saw the media try to ram down the public’s throat about what Indiana and Arkansas were doing.”

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Ted Cruz Warns Of Gay-Rights 'Jihad,' Continues Holy War Against Same-Sex Marriage

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U.S. Senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz claims gay-rights advocates are waging a "jihad" against religious freedom, but it's Cruz who may be on a political suicide mission against same-sex marriage. 

Right Wing Watch reports on Cruz's latest remarks in Iowa on Thursday: 

Cruz, speaking at a panel moderated by conservative talk show host Steve Deace, who regularly castigates the “Rainbow Jihad,” told the crowd of homeschooling activists that they should fear “the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas, going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

By condemning this gay “jihad,” Cruz said, he could “bring people together” to defend religious freedom.

Before he opens his mouth again, Cruz may want to look up the origin of the Arabic word "jihad" — which actually referred to an effort to practice religion in the face of oppression and persecution. 

Nowadays, of course, "jihad" has become synonymous with "holy war." But if there's anyone waging a holy war, it's Cruz himself. 

Since announcing his candidacy last month at Liberty University, Cruz has embarked on an anti-gay rampage as he attempts to nail down evangelical Christian support in early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina. 

Last week in Iowa, Cruz said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality would be "fundamentally illegitimate," and vowed to respond by trying to strip justices of their jurisdiction over the issue. From The Dallas Morning News:  

“Every one of us is concerned about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision likely coming in June,” he said. “The first thing and I think the most important thing every one of us can do, is pray. Lift up in prayer. ... 

“If the court tries to do this it will be rampant judicial activism. It will be lawlessness, it will be fundamentally illegitimate,” he said.

Earlier this week, Cruz joined five other Republican senators and 53 GOP representatives in filing a brief against same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court. But as The Houston Chronicle reports, while Cruz's strategy may play well in states like Iowa and South Carolina, it could ultimately doom his campaign: 

Cruz has aimed squarely at religious conservatives in his quest to be president, but a raft of polls suggests that he and other evangelical candidates could be mining a shrinking older demographic that remains morally opposed to gay marriage. ... 

Although the Cruz strategy could pay dividends in Iowa, some say the Hawkeye State has a poor record of boosting eventual GOP nominees.

"Do you see a President Pat Buchanan?" said former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, an adviser to GOP hopeful Jeb Bush. "Do you see a President Rick Santorum? Do you see a President Pat Robertson?"

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Rand Paul Officially Announces 2016 Run for President: VIDEO

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) threw his hat into the ring of Republican 2016 candidates on Tuesday before a rally in Louisville this morning, announcing on his website:

"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

Paul also posted a video message featuring his wife.

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A video posted yesterday advertised Paul as "a different kind of Republican leader."

Last month, Paul told religious leaders at a prayer breakfast that the debate over same-sex marriage is the result of a "moral crisis" in America:

“Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything. In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”

He also said that calling same-sex unions "marriage" very much "offends" him and others. At one point he linked it with polygamy and 'non-human' marriage. When asked if one day he'll support it, Paul recently shrugged.

He called a federal judge's ruling which said Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state "illegitimate".

He was a longtime member of an AIDS-denialist medical group.

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Congressional Republicans File Supreme Court Brief Backing Bans on Same-sex Marriage

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Six U.S. senators and 51 U.S. House members have signed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage, the AP reports

The senators: Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), James Lankford (R-OK), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Tim Scott (R-SC).

Notable House signers include: Virginia Foxx (R-VA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Steve King (R-IA), and Randy Webber (R-TX).

The Washington Blade reports:

At one point, congressional Republicans invoke the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, saying the nationwide ruling on abortion was “widely criticized” for departing from incremental change.

“In this case, it is beyond dispute that a judicially mandated redefinition of marriage would impose sweeping, rather than incremental, change,” the brief says. “It would impliedly invalidate the recent, democratically adopted policies of 31 States. Moreover, several States have opted for a more incremental approach, affording to same-sex couples forms of legal recognition other than marriage. Constitutional prudence dictates that this incremental, democratic process should be allowed to continue.”

Last month over 300 Republicans, including 23 current and former GOP congressional members, signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of marriage equality.

The Obama Administration and 211 congressional Democrats have also filed separate briefs asking the Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex marriage. 

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2016 GOP Hopefuls Line Up to Defend Indiana's Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The leading GOP contenders for the 2016 White House race have spoken out about Indiana's new "religious freedom" law and the #BoycottIndiana backlash - with all candidates supporting the law to varying degrees.

Find out exactly what each right-winger said to get a glimpse into how the debate over these "license to discriminate" proposals will likely play out over the coming election, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jeb Bush Defends Indiana's Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Law: 'Pence Has Done the Right Thing' - AUDIO

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush defended Indiana's anti-gay "religious liberty" law when asked about it by conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Monday

"I think if they actually got briefed on the law, they wouldn’t be blasting this law. I think Governor Pence has done the right thing. Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs. To be able to be people of conscience. I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.

He added:

"There are many cases where people acting on their conscience have been castigated by the government. And this law simply says the government has to have a level of burden to be able to establish that there’s been some kind of discrimination. We’re going to need this. This is really an important value for our country to — in a diverse country, where you can respect and be tolerant of people’s lifestyles but allow for people of faith to be able to exercise theirs."

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