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

Santorum: America is ‘Moral Leader’ Against Same-Sex Marriage July 7, 2015

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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