Rick Santorum: Marriage Is Like Tea, Not Basketball

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"Rick Santorum: Marriage Is Like Tea, Not Basketball"

Rick Santorum just can’t help himself. He has compared same-sex marriage to water and a napkin, but not beer or a paper towel. Yesterday, during an appearance in Iowa, he explained that “calling same-sex marriage a marriage would be like calling a cup of tea a basketball.”

But cut the guy some slack, coming up with all of these analogies is actually making him sick! As Mother Jones’ Gavin Aronsen reports, Santorum was battling laryngitis, trying save his voice for tonight’s GOP Presidential debate, and still managed to spend “a quarter of his speech explaining how our rights come from God, not any gay-friendly government.” He refused to answer questions about whether he would appoint a Supreme Court justice to overturn Lawrence v. Texas or why he — the small government advocate — had agreed to appoint a government commission to investigate the intimidation of anti-gay activists:

After the event, Santorum dodged a question from Mother Jones about his past criticism of Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down the Lone Star State’s ban on sodomy. Santorum, who has voiced support for state sodomy bans and likened anal sex to incest after the Lawrence ruling, refused to say whether he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would reinstate anti-sodomy laws.

Santorum was willing to double down on his promise to create a presidential commission to “investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters,” part of the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay marriage pledge he endorsed last week. (“They are being harassed. You can read the paper and see all of the instances when people have been harassed.”) But he refused to explain why, after railing against government excess for nearly an hour, he would spend federal money on such a peculiar endeavor.

“I’ll talk to you later,” he said, sitting down in the passenger seat of a campaign sedan and promptly slamming the door.

Santorum also “repeatedly quoted a study that families do better in heterosexual marriages” — though that study actually does not exclude same-sex couples from the definition of family — and stuck to his guns in ignoring Dan Savage’s threats to redefine his first name:

On sex columnist Dan Savage’s threat to mess with search results for Santorum’s first name — having already done so with his surname, Santorum called it “disgusting.”

It doesn’t deserve any kind of recognition,” he said. “This is the kind of disgusting discourse in our society that coarsens our society and doesn’t add value. Because we have a society now with the Internet that anybody on the extreme fringe can post things and be heard, it doesn’t mean that should be paid attention to.

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