Rick Santorum continues to make terrible arguments against marriage equality, most recently in an interview with Phyllis Schlafly. Of course, all arguments against marriage equality are bad, but it’s kind of impressive how they make arguments without even a hint of applying them consistently.
“What we need to do is reclaim what marriage is,” Santorum told Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly during a radio interview. “If marriage is simply a romantic relationship between two people — and by the way, that’s what it’s devolved to in the minds of a lot of Americans — if that’s all that marriage is then it’s hard to make the argument that any two people, any three or four people shouldn’t be able to get married.”
However, the former Pennsylvania senator said that marriage should be an environment where children are raised by “their natural mother, and their natural father.”
So families with adopted children aren’t really families and the parents shouldn’t be allowed to get married, right? I mean, if your argument is actually true and meaningful. It isn’t, of course, and that’s the point.
“I simple say to the folks who have tried to change the marriage law to allow same-sex couples, they have taken it to the next logical step that you just talked about earlier,” Santorum agreed. “We’ve divorced marriage from childbearing, we’ve divorced marriage from any meaning beyond a romantic relationship.”
“We’ve sort of devalued marriage as a result of that,” he added. “And so it’s logical to say, if that’s all that marriage is then anybody should be able to get married. We need to reclaim it.”
So we should refuse to allow anyone to get married if they don’t agree to have children, right? I mean, to do otherwise is to “divorce marriage from any meaning beyond a romantic relationship” and “if that’s all that marriage is then anybody should be able to get married.” So if your argument is true, allowing people to get married who don’t have children leads inexorably to same-sex marriage and then to incest and polygamy and everything else. And you have to “reclaim marriage” to make it mean only families with children and their natural parents. I mean, if your argument is actually true, right? But it isn’t. It’s a pretext that you can’t and won’t apply consistently. It’s special pleading.