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Rick Santorum “would invalidate gay marriages” if elected

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  1. Wow. Nothing would galvanise the gay community and our straight allies than being forced to divorce. Not to mention a nail in the coffin of the republican party.

  2. Dr Robin Guthrie 3 Jan 2012, 3:11pm

    Go for it Sanatorium.

    I would imagine a lot of heterosexuals imagining this atrocity happening to their own marriages would galvanise a lot of support for us.

  3. Would someone tell me why this man thinks that ensuring marriage equality does not happen is THE most important issue at this time in history? (no cheap shots please) I mean, does he not see that the U.S. is in crisis? And that NONE of it has to do with US having the right under law to marry?

  4. People need to stop regarding the USA as a democracy.

    It is no longer a democracy.

    The latest assault on US democracy has come with Barack Obama just signing into law the National Defence Authorization Act, which allows US citizens to be detained by the Army indefinitely without trial.

    If the LGBT community’s so-called ‘fierce advocate’ Obama is willing to trample all citizen’s civil rights then why wouild ANYONE be surprised that vile pig like Santorum would rescine marriage rights.

    The USA is not a democracy, so expecting democratic rights is truly absurd.

    1. And of course ‘terror’ is the excuse.

      You’d think that US citizens were more likely to be killed by terrorists, than by their fellow citizens who are entitled under their constitution to pop into their local Wal-Mart and purchase murder weapons.

    2. Dr Robin Guthrie 3 Jan 2012, 3:53pm

      Indeed.

      Given some of the cr@p come from the Republican candidates it will most likely become a Dictatorial Theocracy.

      Sharia law on one side of us and Christian Fundamentalism on the other.

  5. I laughed reading this.

    Doesn’t he have anything better to do? Massive debts to sort? Difficult wars overseas? Poverty in the worst-off parts of the country? What good he thinks banning gay marriage will do is beyond me. Idiot.

    1. Gay marriage (along with abortion and immigration) are notthing but wedge issues though.

      The US economy is in the toilet; the poltical system and electoral system is so rotten and corrupt and so beholden to corporate America that it does not matter 1 iota who is in power.

      The president and Congress (regardless of which party) owe their loyalty to corporate America, not to the American people.

      Gay marriage serves as a useful tool to maintain the facade that there is a substantive difference between the Democrats and Republicans.

      While irrespective of whether gay marriage is introduced or not, ordinary Americans whether they be black, while, male, female, gay or straight, are worse off financially and have far fewer civil rights than they did 30 years ago.

    2. Watched him live this morning on tv. Was mentioning debts and unemployment… Thought thats good. Then he says about nuclear Iran and te need for military action … I just face palm. Not even elected and your trying to start a new war. Welldone.

  6. Well, all I can say is you may as well start using your deposit as bogroll Mr Santorum, cause there’s no way you’re getting it back.
    Third most popular Republican candidate in this presidential race is tantamount to “needn’t have bothered showing up”.
    Is it me or does he look like Stephen Colbert of “Colbert report” fame?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8l1GtcpJzw

  7. GingerlyColors 3 Jan 2012, 3:40pm

    Of the front runners for the Republican Candidancy nomination for the 2012 US Presidential Election Rick Santorum is the one to be most concerned about. Looking at the profiles on Wikipedia for the rivals, Ron Paul is probably the safest. In a 2007 interview he said: That he supported the right of gay couples to marry, so long as they didn’t “impose” their relationship on anyone else, on the grounds of supporting voluntary associations.
    Newt Gingrich is opposed to same-sex marriages although his daughter is in such a relationship with another woman and the fact that he himself has been married three times and divorced twice.
    Mitt Romney is also opposed to same sex marriages and civil unions although he will support laws to protect gays from discrimination in the workplace.
    Even if Rick Santorum is elected President of the United States he will still need a two-thirds majority in Congress to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriages, then he needs a majority of 75% of the States to ratify it. Over 10,000 amendments to the Constitution have been lodged since 1789 and only 27 Amendments have been passed and one, the 18th Amendment has been overturned by the 21st Amendment, the alcohol prohibition.

  8. Vindictive, spiteful, hate filled, disgusting. I could go on. As if it wasn’t clear enough for the world to see it certainly is now. I’d like to see him try. I’m not even American but this makes me so angry, struggling to curb my tongue right now.

    1. I wouldn’t worry.

      If Santorum gets elected, then his corporate masters will make sure that he spends his time focusing on their interests rather than worrying about trivialities like gay marriage or the falling standard of living and rising unemployment.

      I don’t even know why people bother to vote in the US. Unless the entire political and electoral system in the US is fundamentally changed to actually be democratic, then the elections there, are only slightly more democratic than the recent farce we saw in Russia.

      1. GingerlyColors 3 Jan 2012, 6:31pm

        Even with this worst case scenario, I doubt if the Republicans under Rick Santorum will be able to force an anti-gay marriage amendment through anyway. A number of attempts have been made already this century and with support for gay equality slowly growing in America it is increasingly doubtful that it will happen.

      2. Why do people bother to vote in the UK, you have the Tory party, the Tory Party 2 (labour) and the Tory Party lapdogs and trust me they are all just as much in the corporations pockets as in America the only difference is America is honest about it.

      3. David Myers 6 Jan 2012, 7:48am

        There you go again putting the cart before the horse. If you want the American electoral system to be better you have to get more people to vote so that it can be reformed and improved upon. Your regular and continual negativity on this issue makes you sound like a troll who wants to depress voter turnout in the US. How about it? Is that you real goal with your negativity? I’m a dual US/Canadian citizen and I am fully aware of the limitation of the US system and the deep politics that try to control the regular politcs (often successfully as in the assassination of JFK), but that doesn’t mean urging others not to bother to vote is in anyway going to change things. What an idiot suggestion. Fundamental reform in the US is possible through an activist electorate communicating and working with each other through social media to change and take away the domination of the system by the 1%. Your blathering is just a part of the problem not a part of the solution!

  9. Jeff Atwood 3 Jan 2012, 3:49pm

    Will he invalidate divorces too?

    1. If it was in the interest of corporate America then the answer would probably be ‘yes’.

      (BUt that’s true of Obama too).

  10. Commander Thor 3 Jan 2012, 4:26pm

    Who’s a threat to marriage now?

  11. Wrong again Rick Sanatorium, it is Christians who “cheapen” marriage with half of them getting divorced and beating their wives because the Bible tells them it ok to make women less, like second class citizens, much like Christians treat LGBT people. Christians have made marriage less special, for example not letting Catholic priest get married and then they end up raping children because of that. Funny Rick mentions blacks when it was Christian slave masters who had slaves and raped their slaves and they still oppress the blacks in America today. Not giving the same equal rights to ALL Americas in a country who claims to have Civil Rights is proof that America not free but ruled by a Christian government, the same as the King their forefathers fought to free themselves from in the Revolutionary War. Perhaps we are marching towards a new Revolution, one the government secret agencies can not stop with all of it’s propaganda no matter how hard they try. Live free or die.

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Jan 2012, 4:36pm

    If he’s so intent that marriage is only for one man and one woman for the sole purpose of procreating, then he must include a ban on hetero couples who a) choose not to procreate and b) those who cannot for whatever reason. Since one does any American politican get to dictate Catholic dogma in the political arena? America is fast transforming into a Sharia style theocracy under the “christian” umbrella, the goal of Santorum’s evil roman cult.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Jan 2012, 5:20pm

      ooops…”since when does any American…I meant ot have said.

    2. GingerlyColors 3 Jan 2012, 6:37pm

      If America turns into a Christian Theocracy, then they will end up as bad as the Iranians.

      1. Atheism is the fast growing group of people in the US.

        The total nastiness of the christians is succeeding in alienating thousands of peope from those crazy christian supertitions so all is good really,.

        I look forward to the day (soon hopefully) when religion will be a thing of the past.

        1. Atheism is growing quickly in america with people seeing these hateful christians and thinking differently.

  13. In North Carolina, with the state Psychological Association stating its opposition to a constitutional ban on marriage equality. The NCPA wrote,

    “There is no empirical evidence that supports the denial of marriage rights to people in same-sex relationships,” and added, “differentiation based on sexual orientation is an expression of prejudice.”

  14. What a nasty nasty man and only adds weight to the idea Republican ‘leaders’ world is closer to a theocracy.

  15. Helen Wilson 3 Jan 2012, 4:47pm

    What is it with these people? they argue for small government and government not interfering in peoples life’s and the contradict themselves when it comes to LGBT people.

    Rick Santorum needs to stay out of peoples marriages and bedrooms, its not a place for big government to interfere.

    1. Gay marriage is a wedge issue.

      Santorum doesn’t really care about it.

      It exists as an issue for no other reason than but to hide the fact that there is no difference between the 2 parties. The US is no longer a democracy and that the president and congress owe their primary loyality to corporate America, but certainly not to the American people.

  16. Stupid, spiteful and pointless. I wonder what internal issues motivate such hatred and obsession?

    1. Christianity I suspect.

      1. I’d go with insecurities about his own sexuality, I think, dAVID, with ‘Christian values’ being a convenient excuse and rabid fundamentalism being a pathetic attempt to draw attention away from his own failings. A sad little man.

  17. What a grotesque buffoon.

  18. Jock S. Trap 3 Jan 2012, 5:44pm

    Lets not forget that this nasty little man allowed his conference to boo service men and women in Iraq so have proved he is not worthy of any power.

    He is dangerous and sadly some will follow him but the most we can hope for is that Obama gets another 4 years and the rest of the world and hopefully the US LGBTQI community get another 4 years of relief.

    Having said that what right does this bigot have to use this community as a scapegoat to show his power? It’s cowardly and only shows him up for a weak moron. Why vote for that…. oh hang on they voted for George W….

    1. Santorum is a shill for the roman cult, kow-tows to everything it teaches. If the Papenfuehrer in Rome told him to jump off a cliff, he’d do it, like the rest of the roman sheeple cult members.

      1. Jock S. Trap 4 Jan 2012, 6:36am

        Yep, that just about sums them up Robert!!

  19. I am all for a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriages… as long as it also bans ALL divorces.

    And while we’re at it, you have to have been born in the U.S. to be eligible to become president? Well, make it so that no one who’s ever been divorced can become president. Divorce is surely a sign of poor moral values? Not something one would expect of the “leader of the free world”?

    NOTE:
    I am obviously being facetious here… I would NOT support any legislation that would curtail the rights and freedoms of ANY minority. Even Mormons and Scientologists.

    1. GingerlyColors 3 Jan 2012, 6:35pm

      How about a constitutional amendment which bans polygamous marriages – now that will go down well with the Mormons!
      And as well as banning divorces, let’s make wife-beating and child molestation unconstitutional as well!!!

      1. The Mormon sect stopped polygamy in the 1890’s. It’s outlawed in all 50 states apparently even for religious reasons. Santorum ought to also include banning hetero couples who choose not to procreate or cannot for the sake of consistency. Marriage to most religious nutters is primarily to do with having children, love is secondary.

  20. One word comes to mind – deranged …

  21. So what will happen when HE FINALLY COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET AND WANTS TO MARRY ONE OF HIS BOYFRIENDS?

  22. Jose Luis Pineda 3 Jan 2012, 7:09pm

    I think Satorum is right tho, if gay marriage becomes legal, straight marrage woud become less meaninfull, if you think about it, we (gays), are destroying marrage, not Britney Spear´s 55 hour wedding, not Kim Kardashian hoax wedding. BTW I´m just being sarcastic.

    1. Satorum is out in cuckoo land if he thinks gay marriage makes straight marriage less meaningful. In USA the highest statistic for straight marriage was in 1949 declining steadily thru 1971 increased slightly though 1985 and declined rapidly to present with lowest census statistic in 2009.

      In contrast common law has increased 5 fold since 1971, yet Satorum believes gay marriage has made straight marriage less meaningful.

      Further research indicates divorce rates are steadily increasing, so if you consider common law + divorce combined perhaps the realization of many people is marriage is just not their choice.

      Santorum is just pandering to paranoid bigots stupid enough to believe him.

  23. Is having the maturity of a small boy who pulls wings of flies a real requirement for this job?
    Are there no candidates with real leadership as opposed to people who just grovel before the fundie right?

    1. de Villiers 3 Jan 2012, 8:17pm

      Do not use the word ‘fundie’. It trivialises what it is. It is also worth remembering that this politician does not grovel before the hard-core religious right – he is the hardcore religious right.

  24. He should be sent to jail with hated comments like that. What a hateful man!

  25. He’s a catholic with seven children. The Sound of Music comes to mind.

    1. I always thought the Von Trapp family were running away from the Naz!s, not embracing them ;)

  26. Janet Lameck 4 Jan 2012, 3:39pm

    Isn’t it amazing how these Repubs throw away the entire LGBT vote!
    We had a Conservative do the same thing in Ontario in the last election and he couldn’t understand why his party didn’t win!!!

  27. God please make Rick Santorum President.

    1. LOL! Why not ask Santa too while you’re at it?

    2. God, Let thou thy servant Mik depart in peace. Or kicking and bloody screaming, as far as I’m concerned.

  28. Where is the candidate that says the government has no place endorsing or rejecting ANY form of marriage?

    1. the problem is that there are both federal and state benefits to being married.

      if the federal gov’t doesn’t recognize the validity of same-sex unions then those benefits are forbidden to gay couples. and that’s a LOT of fiscal benefits.

      No, marriage isn’t ALL about money, but that’s still a very important aspect of it.

      If all we wanted was to be together and “live as a couple” then we wouldn’t NEED the legal recognition of marriage equality.

      The whole issue is that there ARE other benefits that come with recognition of marriage equality.

  29. If this mad man becomes president then that is the end of America, it will be a religious government like Iran and you know what that means, the end of the world. The Christians will get their rapture only it will be Reck Sanatorium instead of the Jesus and atomic weapons instead of the “rapture”.

  30. “When you redefine marriage, you cheapen marriage. You make it into something less valuable, less special … [and] it is a sure bet that will undermine faith.”

    Excuse me? Any idiot can marry in Vegas, Mr Santorum, and divorce a few hours later. If you wish to battle people who “cheapen” the marital institution, take a look at those morons, and don’t be hateful to those who wish to seal their loving relationship with vows.

  31. “…he tackled the growing public support for gay marriage rights, saying some people used to think “blacks were less than human [...] Well, just because public opinion says something, doesn’t mean something is right if it is not right”.”

    Wow. Is he seriously using the black rights efforts as an argument against gay rights? This guy seriously needs to be taken to a mental hospital and get his deranged little brain checked.

  32. Jock S. Trap 4 Jan 2012, 6:37am

    Erm, crazy says what now?

  33. Or perhaps you stop wasting everyone’s time and actually visit a straight dating site… Do the words “Europe’s largest Gay News Service” at the top of the page mean anything to you?
    The stupid, it burns…

  34. Dave North 4 Jan 2012, 9:13am

    F OFF and take your Vagina with you.

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