Santorum: America is ‘Moral Leader’ Against Same-Sex Marriage

Rick Santorum continues to blather half-truths, platitudes and outright nonsense about same-sex marriage. In an appearance Sunday morning on CBS, he spouted all of those things while claiming that the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling “disrupts the foundation of the world.” The entire foundation of the world, people!

Appearing on CBS, Santorum was asked about a previous statement that the ruling “disrupts the foundation of the world”.

He said he was concerned with three things: the role of the court in society – a rallying call for 2016 candidates including Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal – an “assault on religious liberty” and “a further erosion of this founding building block of society, which is the nuclear family”.

“Over the last 40 years we’ve seen a degradation of the nuclear family, no doubt about it,” said the former Pennsylvania senator who is running for the White House for a second time, having finished second in the primaries in 2012. “But this further put the nail in the coffin.

Have we? Are you sure? In the real world, as opposed to the one Santorum lives in, the divorce rate “has been falling for more than three decades.” In 1991, the rate of teen births was 61.8 per 1000. In 2013, it was 26.5 per 1000, a decline of more than 50%. Where exactly is this “degradation of the nuclear family” happening?

Asked if same-sex couples could not raise children to be good citizens, as straight couples could, Santorum said: “I think what we have to do as a society is orient ourselves towards what’s best.

“What we know is best from thousands of years of human history is for children to be raised with mothers and fathers, preferably but not always their biological mothers and fathers. Adoptive homes are great and wonderful places too.”

Oh yes, let’s orient ourselves toward what’s best. Study after study shows that children have far worse outcomes on average if they’re raised by poor parents, so if we’re going to concern ourselves only with what is on average best for children, we should ban poor people from having children, right? And we’d better just ban divorce. And yet none of those criteria are even mentioned when someone applies for a marriage license. They don’t ask if the bride or groom is an alcoholic or a drug addict, whether they have a criminal record, whether they ever graduated from high school or any number of other factors that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt from innumerable studies can impair someone’s ability to be a good parent. The one and only criteria that Santorum and his fellow bigots demand must be a basis for denying someone a marriage license is whether they are gay or not, despite lots and lots of studies showing that this has no bearing at all on whether one is a good parent or not. Gee, I wonder why they’re so focused on that one thing?

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  • carpenterman

    Good old Santorum, spewing his usual frothy mix of bigotry, ignorance and lies.

  • DataWrangler

    Since all he sees is the inside of the bubble, he is obviously referring to Bristol Palin.

  • Larry

    Does this jackass ever talk about anything but gays and religion?

  • Synfandel

    Artist’s rendering of the disruption of the foundation of the world

  • thebookofdave

    Over the last 40 years we’ve seen a degradation of the nuclear family

    Well duh, Rick. The nuclear family has a half-life of about 40 years. It’s expected to degrade over time. On the plus side: other, more stable elements.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Where exactly is this “degradation of the nuclear family” happening?

    Since you’re watching it, the Observer Effect is messing with the half-life of the nuclear atomic family on the subatomic level. Santorum, et al, say they’re looking but they actually watching a Leave it to Beaver rerun.

  • John Pieret

    Gee, I wonder why they’re so focused on that one thing?

    Partly, of course, it is outright bigotry against icky gays. But part of it is what I’ll dub the “lemming effect” of belonging to a conservative Christian cult. At its heart, conservative Christianity is a closely knit tribe where everyone keeps tabs on everyone else for any sign that they may stray from the tribe in any way. That’s why their first impulse is to try to keep everyone, even those not in the tribe, from doing things that violate the tribe’s code. The other side of that coin is that if the tribe declares something to be wrong, then all the tribe’s members must be seen to be vigorously and vocally against it or that itself is betraying the tribe. So once the tribe goes off in one direction, everybody in the tribe joins in the stampede without giving it any rational thought. Once they do that, no amount of contradictions in their beliefs will matter and they will keep going until some outside force deflects them.

    There is an interesting article about how divorce used to be a big bugaboo with the Christian right … until they decided to latch onto Ronald Reagan as a political savior.

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0705-balmer-evangelical-divorce-20150705-story.html

  • dingojack

    A detailed diagram of how marriage equality disrupts the foundation of the (Fundie) world!

    Dingo

  • dobby

    The “nuclear family” really was not a thing until after World War II. Before that most people lived in extended families. Once again the conservatives have no idea of what a traditional family is, or any idea of history.

  • karmacat

    40 years is also about the time that women were able to get birth control (since 1965) and control when they have children, which led women to be able to have careers and not be stuck in bad marriages.

  • cptdoom

    Over the last 40 years we’ve seen a degradation of the nuclear family, no doubt about it,” … “But this further put the nail in the coffin.

    He’s totally right about this. Look at what’s happened in Massachusetts, which has allowed the abomination of “gay marriage” the longest. In 2004, when those “marriages” began, my sister was living in MA with her husband of nearly 12 years and two great kids, aged 7 and 5. Now, 11 years later, everything’s changed. Her marriage didn’t last 13 years (actually, it’s nearly 23 years now) and her kids are no longer fun and cute. Now she has to feed and house two gargantuan young men who eat everything in site and want to text their friends instead of talking to their parents. It’s a living nightmare, all caused by TEH GAY.

  • busterggi

    You’ve got to be careful about disrupting the foundation of the world – all the water will leak out the cracks into the fundament below and ultimately into Hell which will experience heavy rains followed by cooling.

  • caseloweraz

    Synfandel: Artist’s rendering of the disruption of the foundation of the world

    That’s good. But I’ve always had a soft spot for this one.

  • freemage

    Y’know, I’ve also heard that the children and grandchildren of immigrants generally fare better than those of later generations–essentially, as long as some portion of the family who remembers why they came here in the first place is alive, the young’uns get a strong push to live up to that promise.

    So, obviously, we need to stop marriage and breeding once the family line has been here too long. Because it’s about what’s best for the children.

  • kagekiri

    @14 freemage:

    Wasn’t there also a study showing better outcomes for kids with gay parents? It’s a logical outcome, too, as many such kids are adopted, so their parents are actually screened and need to prove they have good and stable households before they can even have kids.

    Gay parents often HAVE to plan years ahead to have kids, too, which is a pretty big advantage over straight parents where mistakes or random chance can determine if/when they have kids, with a sudden 9 month at most deadline of preparation.

    Won’t SOMEBODY think of the children languishing in straight homes with their biological mothers and/or fathers?!!

  • scienceavenger

    The one and only criteria that Santorum and his fellow bigots demand must be a basis for denying someone a marriage license is whether they are gay or not, despite lots and lots of studies showing that this has no bearing at all on whether one is a good parent or not.

    It has no bearing at all on whether one is a parent at all or not, good bad or otherwise. The issue is whether gays should get married, NOT whether they should be parents. I can’t believe people are getting sucked into treating this like its a sane thing to say merely because goofballs like Santorum keep bringing it up. It’s a complete red herring.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Over the last 40 years we’ve seen a degradation of the nuclear family, no doubt about it,” said the former Pennsylvania senator who is running for the White House for a second time, having finished second in the primaries in 2012

    If the GOP hadn’t kept such a laser-like focus on the economy this never would have happened.

  • thebookofdave

    Disrupting the foundation of the world may cause partial submersion of land into the waters of the deep. Huh. Until now I was ready to blame climate change and atmospheric carbon buildup for all that.