Penn State Students Grill Alum Rick Santorum On Marriage Views

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has no shortage of arguments against marriage equality, particularly with his new “a marriage is a marriage” talking point, where he compares random objects to somehow suggest a same-sex marriage is not a marriage. Yesterday, during a question and answer session at his alma mater, Penn State University, Santorum spoke at length about his views on why same-sex couples should not marry. He made a new random object comparison (“a napkin is not a projector”), a comparison to incest (“My relationship with my aunt is a very nice relationship, but we’re not going to say we’re married”), and suggested that “every civilization that has gone in that direction” has “destroyed marriage.”

When a student challenged Santorum that his belief system is “archaic” and “out of date,” he suggested that equality advocates are trying to refashion “the moral ecology” and “destroy faith,” and that the burden of proof is on them to prove the change and he “sees no data.” He even asked, “Is it beneficial to change the marriage laws and then say to two-year-olds that we’re going to teach you about gay sex in 2nd grade?” and suggested that Catholic Charities were being told they were not allowed to provide adoption services.

Santorum’s comments led students to interrupt him and make it clear there are plenty of studies that show that children do just as well with married same-sex parents as with married opposite-sex parents. He dismissed the studies by saying, “The American Psychological Association is made up of people who belong to the American Psychological Association… All these associations prove is that they have a point of view and the people who join them agree with that point of view. It’s not evidence of benefit to society.”

Watch the full exchange, courtesy of The Daily Collegian:

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