Sunday, February 5, 2012

Santorum To Gay Man: You Don’t Deserve The “Privilege” Of Marriage

Rick Santorum told a gay man in Missouri that he doesn’t deserve the “privilege” of marriage because only straight marriages “benefit society.” Speaking like the theocrat he is, Santorum stated that heterosexual unions reflect the way “God made it to be.” He also referred to “the purposes of having children,” ignoring the fact that there are straight childless couples–and gay couples who are fine parents. Santorum, who once compared gay marriage to polygamy, made more absurd analogies regarding marriage between mothers and daughters or aunts and nephews. Watch:



Santorum: You’re not entitled “to special treatment under the law…[Marriage is] not a right, it’s something that has existed since the beginning of human history as an institution where men and women come together for the purposes of forming a natural relationship as God made it to be. And for the purposes of having children and continuing that civilization. It is an intrinsic good…And as a result of that, we extend a privilege. We extend certain privileges to people who do that because we want to encourage that behavior. [...]

Two people who may like each other or may love each other who are same-sex, is that a special relationship? Yes it is, but it is not the same relationship that benefits society like a marriage between a man and a woman.
(h/t: TPM)

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