Yikes. Why Santorum Spells Disaster for LGBT Families

The Republican Nomination race just got a whole lot less funny. Okay, okay. It was never truly funny, as many of the candidates have taken anti-gay rights positions – but at least it was comical to see the GOP burning through “favorites” like a 10-year-old girl in the 90s choosing her favorite boy band.

See a great snapshot of the candidates positions on gay rights from the Daily Iowan here.

As anyone who has been paying attention to politics knows by now, the first contest on the road to the GOP nomination, the Iowa Caucus, went to Mitt Romney, who squeaked out a win by 8 votes over Rick “Oh, Shit” Santorum. I say “Oh, Shit” because that’s exactly what a lot of us uttered as soon as we saw that Santorum was suddenly very much in the race. I won’t go into just how anti-gay Santorum has been in the past right now, but let’s just say there is a good reason Dan Savage decided to make his name synonymous with anal leakage.

For now, I’m more interested on what Santorum has said about gay families and gay adoption. And you should be, too. From an article by Andrea Poe for Washington Times Communities:

When Santorum was confronted about his stance on gay adoption, he remained unshaken. “A lesbian woman came up to me and said, ‘why are you denying me my right?’ I said, ‘well, because it’s not a right.’ It’s a privilege that society recognizes because society sees intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship,” he recalls.

As for children already living in homes with same-sex parents who are married, Santorum proposes to use the strength of the federal government to topple that family bond.

Frankly, there’s not much to say – how can anyone who has an LGBT family member justify voting for this guy?

Last month in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd , Santorum explained that not only would he support a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but that he also supports invalidating all currently legal same-sex unions:

TODD: What would you do with same-sex couples that got married? Would you make them get divorced?

SANTORUM: Well, their marriage would be invalid. I think if the constitution says “marriage is this,” then people whose marriage is not consistent with the constitution…

Yes, he is actually proposing that the federal government strip families of their marriages.

Read Poe’s complete article on Santorum and Romney’s stance on gay adoption here. Pretty scary stuff.

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