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Santorum sees “harm” to children with same-sex parents

January 5, 2012

A Rick Santorum town hall meeting in New Hampshire turned heated on Thursday when the conservative candidate was asked to explain why he, personally, would be affected if same-sex marriages were legalized, and how his opposition squared with his long riff about the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The meeting ended with Santorum getting booed by much of the crowd in Concord, which included many college and high-school students, after suggesting that children raised by same-sex parents are being “harmed.”

“How does it affect you personally if two men or two women get married?” Santorum was asked at the College Convention 2012, to broad applause and cheers.

Santorum said that basic rights taken for granted by married people, such as the ability to visit their loved one in the hospital and make medical decisions on their behalf – can also be arranged for same-sex couples. “That can be done legally, through contract.”

The former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, who is coming off a surprise near-victory in this week’s Iowa caucuses, then pivoted, and went on to equate same-sex marriages to multiple marriages.

“What about three men?” he said, as jeers rang out. “If you think it’s okay for two, you have to differentiate for me why you’re not okay with three. Any two people, or any three, or four.”

“He was comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy. I find that very insulting. We asked about two consenting adults,” said Tyrone Davis, 18, who was attending the College Convention 2012 in Concord from his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I don’t support Santorum at all. It seems he’s trying to create a theocracy.”

Santorum went on to say that marriages that produce children should have “privileged status,” which might be news even to straight, childless couples.

“Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. God made men and women. Men and women come together in a union to have children. It should be valued and have privileged status over people who want to have a relationship together. The uniqueness of marriage is it provides an intrinsic good to society. It’s the union that causes children to be born and raised in an environment that’s a birthright.”

“When we deny children that birthright by saying other types of relationships are okay – I think we are harming children,” Santorum said.

The College Convention is a once-every-four-year event that gathers college and high school students from across the nation to discuss the political climate.

Rhiannon Pyle, 17, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, asked Santorum the question about how his same-sex marriage opposition squared with support of constitutional rights for all. “We don’t see same sex marriage as a big deal,” the high school student said. “I’m sure it’s not going to be the first issue for a lot of people.”

Gay marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since 2010. Santorum was asked if, should he become president, he would uphold state laws on issues such as that and the legality of medical marijuana. “I don’t believe that we can have 50 definitions of marriage in this country,” he said.

He went on to draw a parallel between states being allowed to set policy on things like medical marijuana use and states being allowed to sterilize their citizens. “States have rights. But they don’t have the rights to do anything they want to.”

Rick Santorum attends a campaign stop in Concord, New Hampshire January 5, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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Robert Steele (b. July 16, 1952 New York City), is known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT). He is a former United States Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer for twenty years and was the second-ranking civilian (GS-14) in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence from 1988–1992.Steele is a former clandestine services case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.

this is what he has to say about rick santorum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lG0EK4YQ _c&feature=share

Posted by derrrrrrrrrr32 | Report as abusive
 

I was wondering just how long it would be before someone on the Republican side would spew out their Narrow-Minded, bigoted ideals about Gay People. It always amazes me that these so-called intelligent people can be so backwards when it comes to relationships between two consenting adults. Exactly what makes Santorum think that he is more informed than such Organizations as the American Medical Society, the Pediatrics Association, The American Psychiatric/Psychological Association, National Institutes of Health and other such advanced groups when they state that there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE that a child raised by same-sex couples has any developmental problems what-so-ever or that it increases the chances that they will become Gay themselves? It seems like the Republican Party will only be happy when America officially indorses becoming a Prejudicial, Autocratic Theocracy and does away with Democracy all together as that is the only way that they will be able to force their draconian, biased ways down people’s throats and push America back into the middle-ages like they are constantly trying to do. People such as Santorum purports to be are so pathetic and I shudder to think how much damage they would do to the U.S. Constitution and our way of life if they were ever put into a position of real power.

Posted by reddragon696 | Report as abusive
 

I saw a clip of him in new hampshire saying he was the ‘jesus candidate’. This guy has no chance of winning and he knows it. He is just avoiding getting a real job like palin did. He will cater to the religious ultra-conservatives and then make a very nice living off of speaking engagements or his own show on one of those religious channels. He will be wearing gold watches and necklaces and selling trinkets and make millions by telling the audience how pious he is. Guys like this this make me sick. I wonder how long before some woman or man comes out to talk about an affair they had with him. I will truly enjoy that when it happens.

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive
 

Hahaha. America makes me laugh. They go on and on criticizing Iran, but they are pretty much the same

Posted by Pedro07 | Report as abusive
 

….trouble is, Rick, it’s not important what you “believe”. There now is evidence and studies which demonstrate that children in gay marriages do no better or worse than those in hetero marriages. If you want to believe in your Christian Sharia agenda,go ahead, but you’re not going to force it on the rest of us!

Posted by wrpa | Report as abusive
 

Then again, Santorum thinks kids used to play with dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. Not exactly a credible source when it comes to early childhood development…. or anything else for that matter.

http://www.nwcreation.net/kids.html

Posted by AlkalineState | Report as abusive
 

Well, I look at it like floating a balloon. They spout off various ideas to see how it resonates with the public. There looking for whatever resonates. If it resonates, they will pursue public policy changes. They also have to pander to local electorate to get votes. I guess it says something about the local electorate when you here positions like this. Obviously, they wouldnt spout off like this if it doesnt get votes. So, while I disagree with many of the social positions of most politicians, in both partys, I understand the unfortunate reason they have to spout of social positions I find reprehensible at best. Just my opinion.

Posted by paulrever | Report as abusive
 

It does not affect me at all if two men or two women marry. It does not affect me at all that they raise children. What does affect all of us is couples and parents of any combination that neglect their responsibilities. Casey Anthony comes to mind. Children are abused by adults and other children every day. Gender combinations don’t abuse, people do. How unenlightened is Mr. Santorum. That shows a lack of intelligence.

Posted by alwayslearning | Report as abusive
 

Santorum is correct because he agrees with God’s teachings. Argue, rail against the truth all you want, ignore the decline of our country, even laugh and make fun of truth speakers. We all pay the price of your folly.
BTW, some of you are filled with hate. What belief system made you this way?

Posted by politicalg-ma | Report as abusive
 

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