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Rick Santorum pledges to fight the Supreme Court on gay marriage

Nick Duffy June 1, 2015

Anti-gay Republican Rick Santorum has pledged to take on the Supreme Court, if it rules in favour of same-sex marriage.

The highest court in the US heard arguments in a case last month that could bring same-sex marriage to all 50 states, as it settles the question of whether equal marriage is a constitutional right.

However, Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has said he plans to take on the Court if it does find in favour.

The anti-gay Republican pledged to NBC: “It’s the role of the Congress and the President to push back. I’ve done it before. It’s important to push back when the Supreme Court gets it wrong.

“Of course I’d fight it… [abortion case] Roe versus Wade was decided 30 some years ago, and I continue to fight that, because I think the court got it wrong.

“And I think if the court decides this case in error, I will continue to fight, as we have on the issue of life.

“We’re not bound by what nine people say in perpetuity.

“I think it’s important to understand that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the final word. It has its word. Its word has validity.

“But it’s important for Congress and the president, frankly, to push back when the Supreme Court gets it wrong.”

Mr Santorum is one of the most consistently anti-gay Republicans, speaking out against the LGBT community and same-sex marriage, as well as likening homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery.

Back in 2012 he claimed that equal marriage would destroy churches, families and “disintegrate” marriage. He said at the time that legalising same-sex marriage would “destroy the institutions of America’s foundation… and destroy the American family.”

Last year, as well as claiming that same-sex marriage damaged the economy by destroying families, Mr Santorum also claimed that homosexuality was a choice, stating, “I think anybody’s behaviour is a choice. Behaviour is a choice.”

In April – in case it needed clarifying – he confirmed that he would not attend the same-sex wedding of a family member or loved one, saying, “As a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith.

“I would love them and support them but I would not participate in that ceremony.”

And it is not just gay people Mr Santorum has an issue with – just last month he spoke out against Bruce Jenner’s televised interview regarding his transition.

After initially seeming to support Jenner, he made his feelings about the transgender community clear, saying, “I know what anatomically and biologically he is. That doesn’t change by himself identifying himself.

“His genetics and DNA isn’t changing, but out of respect, I’m not going to argue if Bruce Jenner’s a woman with Bruce Jenner.”

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