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Rick Santorum’s Worry Record on Same-Sex Marriage

In 2015, Rick Santorum is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

In 2006, Rick Santorum took to the floor of the Senate to argue for S.J. Res. 1, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would expressly outlaw any definition of marriage other than heterosexual coupling. Then-Senator Santorum asked a series of questions about what might happen if same-sex couples were allowed to marry:

“Will speech against same-sex marriage be allowed to continue unfettered?

“Will anyone be able to again say that marriage should be between a man and a woman without being branded a bigot?

“Will a minister be able to preach from I Corinthians 6:9 that the unjust and immoral such as adulterers, prostitutes and sodomites will
not inherit the earth?

“Will our local Catholic Charities lose their tax-exempt status if they do not bend their religious faith to the new norm?

“Will a rabbi or priest be forced to preside over same-sex marriages in order to continue to be able to consecrate traditional marriages?

“The scope of the ramifications of this debate are unclear, but there is no doubt that very serious issues arise. As Maggie Gallagher noted
in her article, “Marc Stern is looking more and more like a reluctant prophet: ‘It’s going to be a train wreck,’ he said ‘A very dangerous
train wreck.'”

Now that same-sex marriage is legal for a majority of the country, let’s check off Rick Santorum’s scary list of outcomes and see if they came to pass.

“Will speech against same-sex marriage be allowed to continue unfettered?” YES. Speech against same-sex marriage contrinues, unfettered by the law. The only thing is, more and more people disagree with that speech, and are feeling free to say so:

Pew Research Center. May 12-18, 2015. N=2,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.5.

“Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?”
May 2008, June 2008, April 2009, August 2009, April 2012, June 2012: “… allowing gay and lesbian couples …”

Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
 
% % %  

5/12-18/2015

57 39 5  

9/2-9/2014

49 41 10  

2/12-26/2014

54 39 7  

5/1-5/2013

51 42 8  

3/13-17/2013

49 44 8  

10/24-28/12

49 40 11  

6/28 – 7/9/2012

48 44 8  

6/7-17/2012

48 44 9  

4/4-15/2012

47 43 11  

2/22 – 3/1/2011

45 46 9  

8/25 – 9/6/2010

43 47 10  

7/21 – 8/5/2010

41 48 10  

8/11-17/2009

39 53 8  

4/2009

35 54 11  

8/2008

39 52 9  

6/18-29/2008

40 52 8  

5/21-25/2008

38 49 13  

3/2001

35 57 8  

6/1996

27 65 8  

“Will anyone be able to again say that marriage should be between a man and a woman without being branded a bigot?” Well, NO, but that’s because people don’t have the right to not be called a bigot. More and more people are deciding that discrimination against gay people is bigoted, and they’re calling it bigotry, and they’re calling to the people who continue to call for discrimination bigots. So what? See “Free Speech,” above.

“Will a minister be able to preach from I Corinthians 6:9 that the unjust and immoral such as adulterers, prostitutes and sodomites will not inherit the earth? YES. Ministers continue to be able to say whatever they want. Everyone else continues to be able to disagree with them.

“Will our local Catholic Charities lose their tax-exempt status if they do not bend their religious faith to the new norm?” NO. The Catholic church continues to oppose same-sex marriage as an article of faith (which means “special religious thingy we don’t have to justify with facts or logic”), and continues to hold tax-exempt status.

“Will a rabbi or priest be forced to preside over same-sex marriages in order to continue to be able to consecrate traditional marriages? NO. This simply hasn’t happened.

Rick Santorum wasn’t speaking from the Republican fringes back in 2006. He was representing the mainstream of Republican political predictioneering. Looking back from the vantage point of 2015, it’s clear that Santorum didn’t have a clear vision of the future then. Will Republicans reject or embrace the new set of doomsday predictions Rick Santorum is offering today?

One thought on “Rick Santorum’s Worry Record on Same-Sex Marriage”

  1. ella says:

    Sodom-Gomorrah and other cites of the plains: It is predictable that downward motion is easier that upward motion to the lazy. It seems to be a societal trait, that is one monkey does it, then most just have to try it. But then the effeminate among males is increasing due in part to chemically induced hormone change: (BPA) http://naturalsociety.com/bisphenol-a-bpa/
    Apparently it is in almost everything we use today and it is disrupting everyone’s health. But is legalizing the unnatural, which is artificially being altered, going to improve, or remove, the known cause of the mutating population? Certainly it won’t alter the changing emotional stresses of both males and females. I hesitate to say ‘men’ and ‘women’ because the genders are being confused socially. And ‘men’ and ‘women’ are natural pairs, reproductive possibility, in any species. And in many, unchanged areas, still in existence. May they evade the creeping illnesses of ‘technological advancement’.

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