Rick Santorum implies gay marriage is as evil as slavery

It would be amusing, if human rights and serious policies weren’t at stake, to marvel at how conservatives often apply the concept of “limited government” or “federalism.” While I’ve known for whom these were actual legal principles, for an awful lot of them limited government means the government should not be allowed to interfere with any activity they approve of, but has unlimited authority to crack down any anything they personally dislike.
Just look at the number of Republicans who see no conflict between supporting a limited government and insisting our government can use torture, assassinate American citizens and lock Americans up indefinitely without charging them, but feel any regulation of business is a fundamental violation of what our Founders wanted (as I’ve noted before, nobody quotes the Founders without being convinced her views were shared by Jefferson, Washington, Adams et al).
Case in point: Rick Santorum, former senator, current Repub presidential candidate, who asserts that while he Of Course believes states should set their own rules, he also believes, just like Lincoln, that “that states don’t have the rights to legalize moral wrongs.”
Lincoln, of course, was talking about slavery. A system which proclaimed human beings as nothing but property, denied Americans both born and immigrants any legal rights and allowed owners to sell, kill, maim, whip or rape the slaves.
Santorum is talking about two members of the same sex getting married. He offers no evidence how this consists of a moral wrong, presumably confident that a lot of primary voters will agree with him it’s obvious.
It isn’t. I mean, I’m sure it is to Santorum, a devout Catholic who believes not only that the Supreme Court decision that eliminated anti-sodomy laws was wrong but that the only way to prevent hideously icky sexual behavior is if the government has the power to control what everyone, gay or straight does in bed.
But we don’t live in a theocracy, we live under a secular government that passes secular laws. Which means we need a secular case for preventing gay marriage. Announcing that it “redefines marriage” is not it (as I detail here).
And slavery? Please. Gay marriage doesn’t take away anyone’s rights and doesn’t affect or redefine any existing marriage (with the possible exception of closeted gays who’d jump at same-sex marriage if it became acceptable) or any future heterosexual marriage.
Santorum also announced that as president he would end all funding for contraception because “it’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be” meaning, he explains, to have sex without the possibility of procreation. And meaning, apparently, that given an effective means of preventing unwanted conception——which is also an effective alternative to abortion——the very right-to-life Santorum still finds the thought of women having sex without consequences too horrifying to be an alternative (he’s not alone).
JFK asserted years ago that he believed in an America where “no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source.” I wonder if we’ll hear anything like that from a presidential candidate again in my lifetime?

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