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Santorum To Beck: States Should Be Allowed To Criminalize Gay Sex

April 14, 2011 11:56 am ET by Carlos Maza & Brian Powell

During the April 14 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program, Beck (who apparently still can’t get over the fact that some Republicans are actually anti-gay), asked former Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to respond to Alan Simpson’s recent statement that Santorum had said “cruel” things about LGBT people:

SANTORUM: There were no “cruel, cruel” remarks. All I can ponder is that Alan Simpson is talking about a comment that I made, which I paraphrased, almost word for word, but paraphrased a Supreme Court justice in a case called Lawrence v. Texas, before that case came out, which had to do with, as you know, a Supreme Court case on the issue of sodomy, and I said that if you have -- if the Supreme Court changes the legal standard to say that sexual -- consensual sexual activity is now a constitutional right, then we open up the gates for all sorts of consensual activity.


It’s not homophobic. It’s a legal argument, and it’s a correct legal argument. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening. We went from Lawrence v. Texas to now a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and they’re going into a constitutional right to polyamorous relationships. This is the slippery slope that we’re heading down, and I stand by it. [emphasis added]

This is not the first time that Santorum has argued in favor of allowing the government to arrest and prosecute gay and lesbian people for engaging in private, consensual sexual activity. In 2003, he asserted that the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Texas’s state sodomy law would “undermine the fabric of our society”:

We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family. And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual 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. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. [emphasis added]

Santorum, who has also compared legalizing homosexuality to legalizing “man on dog” sex and claimed that same-sex adoption and marriage defy nature, is actually not totally alone in his radically anti-gay position.

Republican legislators in several states continue to defend laws criminalizing homosexuality, despite those laws being deemed unconstitutional nearly eight years ago.

As outrageous as Santorum’s comments are, it appears he’s found a receptive audience in the GOP.


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