No Surprise: NOM Is Thrilled With Santorum’s Polygamy Comparison
January 06, 2012 3:58 pm ET by Carlos Maza
It’s no secret that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is thrilled that GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum finished second in the Iowa caucuses. The organization has published dozens of posts praising the notoriously anti-gay candidate in the past week, with NOM’s co-founder and board member Maggie Gallagher even proudly announcing that she is “pro-Rick.”
Naturally, NOM is thrilled with Santorum’s recent appearance in New Hampshire, during which he was dragged into a long and uncomfortable debate about marriage equality and repeatedly compared same-sex marriage to polygamy.
Santorum Engages Pro-SSM NH College Students in Rational Conversation
He's rather charming here. And patient. Why doesn't marriage equality include all marriages, including polygamous marriages, if the only principle at stake here is all people have a right to have their relationships treated equally if those relationships are important to their happiness? The students have no answer, so they try to claim its not a legitimate question.
Comparing gay marriage to polygamy isn’t the only thing NOM and Santorum see eye-to-eye on. They both also agree that the Supreme Court was wrong for striking down state statutes criminalizing gay sex in Lawrence v. Texas. Santorum has also been open about condemning homosexuality as wrong, unnatural, and dangerous to society – all central components of NOM’s anti-gay worldview.
It’s no wonder, then, that NOM has shown so much more support for Santorum than for Mitt Romney. Both oppose marriage equality, but Santorum’s willingness to make being anti-gay a central part of his political identity really puts him over the top.