Santorum: Roe v Wade to Blame for Marriage Ruling

Santorum: Roe v Wade to Blame for Marriage Ruling July 14, 2015

Rick Santorum has a rather strange take on the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned state laws banning same-sex marriage. He seems to think that it’s all because of Roe v Wade, a decision that has pretty much nothing to do with the latter case at all.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very difficult time in America,” the GOP presidential candidate said. “We’ve seen some court decisions that I know have people very upset about what the future of the family and marriage and our culture is looking like.”

Roe v. Wade, he said, is “the cancer that is infecting the body of America” and “you saw Roe and its subsequent decisions bare its ugly head in the case of the gay marriage decision just a few days ago.”

The court’s majority in the marriage equality case, he said, declared that “it is what we say it is and we can do whatever we want to do to whomever we want to do it to.”

“And it was the Roe decision, the Casey decision and subsequent decisions on abortion that have led us to this decision on marriage,” he said. “It’s a fundamental rewriting of the Constitution, ignoring truth, ignoring Nature and Nature’s Law.”

This argument seems to be as simple, and as dumb, as “I don’t like both decisions, so the first one must have caused the second one.” But the cases could hardly be more different. Roe had nothing to do with the Equal Protection Clause. Roe applied strict scrutiny, which Obergefell did not do with state marriage laws.

This reminds me of how conservatives like to claim that liberals and Islamists are part of the same dark conspiracy. “I don’t like those two things so therefore they’re the same thing” seems to be an argument they are fond of making. It makes sense as political boilerplate, but no intelligent person could take it seriously as an argument.


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