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Rick Santorum: ‘Government Should Have A Bias’ Toward Married Opposite-Sex Couples

By Zack Ford  

"Rick Santorum: ‘Government Should Have A Bias’ Toward Married Opposite-Sex Couples"

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At a campaign stop in Spartanburg, South Carolina last week, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suggested that the government should discriminate against same-sex couples and show a “bias” in adoptions toward placing children only with married opposite-sex couples:

SANTORUM: But what I believe is that government should have a bias, a bias in favor of what is best for society, a bias in favor of what is proven to be best for children, which is the future of society.

From just the standpoint of how do children who are born out of wedlock do with respect to their educational achievement, their professional achievement, with respect to their criminal record, with respect to drug use, with respect to having children out of wedlock themselves, with having broken families themselves — how do they do? In every measure — every measure, overwhelmingly — they do worse.

Individuals don’t live alone. Individuals don’t function alone. They function in a unit that builds something that can be a foundation, and that is the family.

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Santorum believes that same-sex couples should not have the “privilege” to adopt children because the aren’t “as good” as their opposite-sex counterparts — an argument that’s disputed by scientific evidence. For instance, “Scholars, at USC and New York University, looked at a range of existing studies, including research on gay and lesbian parents, finding that it’s ideal if a child is raised by two parents who are ‘responsible, committed, stable,’ but that the gender doesn’t cause radical differences.” The American Psychological Association has also concluded that “beliefs that lesbian and gay adults are not fit parents have no empirical foundation. Lesbian and heterosexual women have not been found to differ markedly in their approaches to child rearing.”

Last week, Santorum became the second presidential candidate to sign the FAMiLY LEADER’s marriage pledge, which calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage and suggests that homosexuality and a public health hazard. Santorum said he was “taken aback” by some of the language in the pledge, but felt compelled to sign it nonetheless.

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