Friday, January 6, 2012

Rick Santorum: A "Friend" Of The LBGT Community Or Simply A Bigoted Religious Extremist?

                                                                Photo Courtesy of Fox News Channel


            GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum said recently in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that he “has nothing against gay people.”  Really Rick?  Claiming you have nothing against gay people while actively campaigning on a platform that would deny them marriage equality among other rights is akin to a bigoted redneck giving the famous disclaimer “Now I’m not a racist,” just prior to telling you a vile racist joke. 

            Greta goes on to ask Santorum whether he can understand the heartache felt by many in the LBGT community after he asks for their vote despite his history of anti-gay comments and policies.  Santorum responded by rambling on about how children should have the “birthright” of a mother and a father and that this “birthright” is in the best interest of the country. 

            This is where Santorum needs to get his facts straight and use some reasoning.  A September 2010 USA Today article by Marisa Kendall highlights just why this argument of a “birthright” is a conservative fantasy that works against the best interest of the country. The article explains that the shortage of foster parents in states such as California, Texas, Oklahoma, and even Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania is actually becoming a national trend.  The answer to this shortage seems so easy to solve when there are countless same sex couples who are eager to help out but are prevented from participating because of the public policies of people such as Santorum.

            One such group that shares Santorum’s extremist Christian views is Arkansas’ “Family Council.” The Family Council successfully fought in that state to prevent “unmarried” couples from becoming foster parents a few years back.  Arkansas had just joined a laundry list of other states in taking the historic stance of passing constitutional amendments that deny LBGT Americans equality by banning gay marriage.  Arkansas, like most of the other states who have done this, passed these amendments back when G.W. Bush was running for re-election and needed to divert national attention from the faltering war in Iraq by rallying the homophobe base.  Santorum’s talk of a “birthright to a mother and a father” is eerily similar to the extremist rhetoric spewed by the Family Council about how a family should be defined back when they pushed for Arkansas’ anti-gay constitutional amendment and the subsequent foster parent ban.  In case you’re wondering, the Arkansas ban on unmarried foster parents that the Family Council supported was shot down as unconstitutional by the state supreme court.

            The fact that Santorum was all too happy to receive the recent endorsement of another noted anti-gay activist/Christian extremist, Bob Vander Plaats of the Iowa based The FAMiLY LEADER, in conjunction with his clearly discriminatory views on LBGT equality and devotion to family, indicate to me that Rick Santorum is no friend to the LBGT community and has demonstrated that he does have a big problem with gay people.  Rick Santorum has done nothing to gain the votes of the LBGT community or for that matter anyone else who believes in the principles of liberty, equality, and justice that we hold to be intrinsic values that define us as Americans.

            Now Santorum has come in a close second in the Iowa Caucuses and appears poised to give his Republican rivals a challenge for their party’s nomination.  It is time that we rally all who believe in universal human equality, and take a stand against Santorum.  Santorum needs to realize that the US Constitution bans the establishment of religion and religious doctrine and that our nation has held to a tradition dating back to its early history, of a separation of church and state.  Rick Santorum is free to exercise his religious beliefs in private neither he nor extremist Christian groups should ever be allowed to impose those beliefs on others.


1 comment:

  1. None of the GOP candidates are friends of the LGBT community. Santorum's "Google problem" is a result of his comparison of homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality. Ron Paul comes closest, but his views on the supremacy of state's rights would allow each state to persecute them in new and novel ways without federal protections.

    I keep waiting for the political pandering on this point to die off since they are actually on the wrong side of public opinion on this point. A Gallup poll in May '11 showed that 53% of Americans supported gay marriage. As I reread it now though I see why. "The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans' views did not change." I guess we can expect it for the next few election cycles then.

    ACLU Candidate Report Card:
    http://www.aclulibertywatch.org/ALWCandidateReportCard.pdf

    Relevant political Cartoon:
    http://2media.nowpublic.net/images//41/68/4168bba3d10b58d635baf1fdaf507560.jpg

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