Friday, May 9, 2014

Bonehead Quote of the Week: Rick Santorum on Lawrence v Texas

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is playing anti-LGBT prophet lately. During a recent interview with a conservative talk show host, Santorum proclaimed his predictions about the consequences following a historic Texas-based LGBT rights case have come true, Right Wing Watch reported. The 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v Texas struck down the state’s laws against same-sex sexual relationships. (Those laws technically remain on the books, but that’s a different matter.)

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“[I]f you go back and look at the interviews I did when the Lawrence v. Texas case was decided and I said here are the consequences of what’s going to happen here, I said it in the next ten years and it was the next eight years or nine years,” Santorum told host Lars Larson, also adding “religious liberty” and the right to disagree are eroding for conservatives.

So what did he predict back in 2003? “[I]f the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery,” said Santorum. “You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does.”

And apparently, by his logic, that’s what has transpired.

His false anti-LGBT prophecy is the tip of the iceberg—Santorum has a long track record of spewing venom at the LGBT community, from equating same-sex marriage to marrying a dog and calling same-sex adoption unnatural. And then there’s this confusing gem: “I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.” Either Santorum needs to refresh his memory or face reality. Bigamy (marrying someone while still in a marriage), polygamy, and incest are illegal, last time we checked. And the overwhelming decay of society has yet to occur. Might be time for Santorum to give up the crystal ball of intolerance.

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