Rick Santorum doubled down on his opposition to same-sex marriage during an appearance in Iowa this morning, arguing that the courts have established a “super-right” of “sexual liberty” that trumps religious freedom:
Santorum was meeting with the Register editorial board this morning. He said same-sex marriage jeopardizes religious liberty because the government may threaten license-holder such as marriage counselors who don’t treat gay couples.
“Religious liberty is now trumped because we have now created a super-right,” he said. “We have a right the Constitution of religious liberty but now the courts have created a super-right that’s above a right that’s actually in the Constitution, and that’s of sexual liberty. And I think that’s a wrong, that’s a destructive element.” [...]
Santorum says if “pursuit of happiness” means “pursuit of pleasure,” we won’t be a country very long.
Now, if you swap out the references to “same-sex marriage” and replace them with “tolerance towards African Americans,” Santorum’s thinking would read like this: “We have a right the Constitution of religious liberty but now the courts have created a super-right that’s above a right that’s actually in the Constitution, and that’s
of sexual liberty tolerance of African Americans. And I think that’s a wrong, that’s a destructive element.”
See what I did there? If Santorum wants religion to override the equal protections of individuals, he can’t just stop at the gays (the group that he opposes on religious grounds). He has to extend that the same courtesy to religious people who believe in oppressing black people or Asian people or people with disabilities. It’s a fairly bigoted mind set and one that Santorum surely wouldn’t want to apply to other minority groups. But the fact that he would apply it to gay people reveals what he truly thinks of them.