Santorum: I’m a Leader Because I Wanted to Jail Gay People

Santorum: I’m a Leader Because I Wanted to Jail Gay People April 11, 2015

Rick Santorum met with state legislators in Iowa the other day and made the rather astonishing argument that he proved his strong leadership by speaking out in favor of sodomy laws that criminalized being gay in many states. Because nothing says leadership like thinking gay people should be thrown in jail.

Addressing the controversy over so-called “religious freedom” measures in Arkansas and Indiana that were softened by legislators to make it more difficult to use them as a cover for discrimination, Santorum lamented that “what happened there was the media created a firestorm and leaders didn’t lead.”

“I’ve been through that firestorm,” he explained. “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.”

Although Santorum likes to claim that all of his dire predictions about the aftermath of Lawrence v. Texas came true, that isn’t exactly accurate. He told CNN at the time: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

And yet here we are 13 years later and bigamy, polygamy and incest are not protected rights. Adultery already was, of course, so that’s irrelevant. And remember, this is an allegedly “small government” conservatism who is arguing that the government should put you in jail for having consensual sex with another adult in the privacy of your own home. In the Republican party, they call that leadership.

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