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Santorum Indirectly Blames Gay People For Poverty At Economic Debate

Rick Santorum took a veiled swipe at same-sex couples during Bloomberg’s debate on the economy last night, suggesting that breakdown of traditional families is contributing to “poverty” and instability:

SANTORUM: There is more to it than that. And I agree with Rick, what he said, but the biggest problem with poverty in America, and we don’t talk about here, because it’s an economic discussion — and that is the break down of the American family.

You want to look at the poverty rate among families that have two — that have a husband and wife working in them? It’s 5 percent today. A family that’s headed by one person? It’s 30 percent today. We need to do something, and we need to talk about economics. The home — the word “home” in Greek is the basis of the word “economy.” It is — it is the foundation of our country. We need to have a policy that supports families, that encourages marriage…

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Santorum drew a more direct connection between the nation’s economic woes and “huge moral failings” like the “redefinition of marriage” during a radio show in August. “Letting the family break down and in fact encouraging it and inciting more breakdown through this whole redefinition of marriage debate, and not supporting strong nuclear families and not supporting and standing up for the dignity of human life. Those lead to a society that’s broken,” he explained, adding, “if you look at the root cause of the economic problems that we’re dealing with on Wall Street and Main Street I might add, from 2008, they were huge moral failings.”

Santorum clearly believes that families are integral to economic development and his efforts to keep gay people from building family life are yet another indication of how little he thinks of them.