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Santorum: My Fighting Gay Marriage Is Akin To Lincoln Fighting Slavery

by David Badash on October 17, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics

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Rick Santorum Sunday offensively compared his personal and political fight against same-sex marriage equality to President Abraham Lincoln’s fight against slavery. The slave trade in the Americas essentially imprisoned over 12 million people across centuries, whereas same-sex marriage is a constitutional unalienable and fundamental right of being human. Using front-runner Herman Cain’s comments to NBC’s David Gregory as a jumping off point, Santorum issued a statement attacking Cain, saying,

“I have been a long-time advocate for states’ rights. However, I believe as Abraham Lincoln did – that states don’t have the rights to legalize moral wrongs.

“Mr. Cain, Congresswoman Bachmann and Governor Perry all believe 50 different definitions of marriage is fine, I strongly disagree and will continue fighting for traditional marriage between one man and woman.”

Additionally offensive is Santorum’s comparison of himself to one of America’s greatest presidents, and using that comparison in conjunction with attacking an African-American.

Santorum’s political future is dim. He just pulled out of the Nevada primary, and “reported raising less than $1 million in the third quarter. He reportedly had $190,000 cash on hand, while he owed vendors $72,000,” according to Politics PA.

Saturday Night Live spoofed Santorum this weekend, depicting Santorum at a GOP debate, live from a gay bar in San Francisco. Santorum claimed he had not seen the skit, but was “not surprised” by it.

Earlier this month Santorum claimed that traditional marriage could fix America’s economy, and lied, falsely claiming President Obama had instructed military chaplains to marry same-sex couples.

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{ 5 comments }

BobwaSEAWA October 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

WOW! Religious Hatred is like freeing the slaves? Really? There is a reason Santorum is so easily googled. I don't know what asylum he is trying to get votes from but wow. Just amazing. What's really sad is that the republiturd party as a whole has his same type of thinking, which makes them even more disgusting as a choice for regular Americans in this country, gay or straight.

lepidopteryx October 18, 2011 at 12:49 am

Sure, same sex marriage = slavery. Same sex spouses are bought and sold. No, wait, that's not it. Oh, wait, I know! People are forced to marry people of their own sex against their will. No, that's not right either. Ok, I give up. How exactly is same sex marriage akin to slavery?

SAGACIOUS_SAM October 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Using the principles of constructing a logical argument, I believe Santorum was using an analogy to clarify a point, not to prove it. For people who come down on the side of Judeo Christian morality in the struggle for the soul of America, his comparison rings true. Obviously Lincoln's guiding light was the set of ideals given to us by the founding fathers and Santorum's are the principles of living given by the Father and the Son. These two men's efforts dovetail, for purposes of this analogy, in their tenacity and resoluteness to do right as God gives them fit to see the right.

As implied above, it depends on whom you ask. If I asked Billy Graham if Santorum's comparison makes sense, I know what answer I would receive.

David Badash October 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Anyone who points to an answer they would have gotten from Billy Graham as truth or insight deserves both the answer and the ridicule that would come with it.

lepidopteryx October 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Actually, Lincoln's "guiding light" was the need to cripple the South's economy, which was dependent on slave labor, in order to win the war.

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