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Santorum: Gay Marriage Means Kids Would Be Taught Gay Sex

Santorum: Gay Marriage Means Kids Would Be Taught Gay Sex

 

At a Monday campaign event at a small Christian college in Sioux Centre, Iowa, presidential candidate Rick Santorum reportedly became visibly agitated when a 23-year-old student challenged him on his anti-same-sex marriage stance, with Santorum firing back that accepting gay marriage would “be a hit to faith and family in America.”

The question that prompted this response came from Jason Kornelis, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Dordt College. Kornelis asked how Santorum’s being against gay marriage is any different to the kind of prejudice that once surrounded interracial marriage.

Santorum balked at the comparison, and was incredulous that Kornelius didn’t think same-sex marriage would negatively impact society.

Santorum then trotted out a “think of the children” argument, saying that if gay relationships were to be put on the same level as heterosexual relationships by allowing same-sex couples to marry, it must necessarily follow that gay sex and gay marriage would be taught in schools (and, apparently, this is bad).

From ABC:

Santorum then said that if same sex marriage was legalized then “their sexual activity” would be seen as “equal” to heterosexual relationships and it would be taught in schools.

“Really- wow- um okay, well let’s see if we can have a discussion. We can flesh out some, well, let’s look at what’s going to be taught in our schools because now we have same sex couples being the same and their sexual activity being seen as equal and being affirmed by society as heterosexual couples and their activity,” Santorum said.

“So what is going to be taught to our people in health class in our schools? What is going to be taught to our children about who in our stories, even to little children — what are married couples? What families look like in America? So, you are going to have in our curriculum spread throughout our curriculum worldview that is fundamentally different than what is taught in schools today? Is that not a consequence of gay marriage?” he GOP hopeful asked.

Kornelis said he still did not agree, to which the candidate responded, “I think you’re wrong — okay, in fact you have to know you’re wrong, because if we say legally if this type of relationship is identical to other type relationships than of course more of it will be taught because this is what the law says.”

Santorum’s particular inclination to bring all questions regarding homosexuality back to sex is at this stage well established.

In a recent answer to a debate question regarding the military’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, for instance, Santorum chose to shun facts and instead reel off that the repeal would inject sexual activity into the military, though he could offer no proof for this deeply flawed assertion.

On this theme, Santorum has previously offered his deep concern for all those straight soldiers who will now have to shower with gay men (never mind that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” didn’t actually ban gay men from the military, or military showers, and that in reality it just prevented them from being open about their sexuality).

That Santorum seems to think LGBT identity is solely reducible to sexual activity, and that LGBTs cannot control their sexual urges, is evident. That he will not have this belief challenged has also become apparent.

A perfect example of this was when recently he told lesbian documentary-maker Kristina Lapinski that, despite what she might think or say, being gay is a choice.

However there is an important facet to this latest Santorum comment that can’t be ignored, and it is an issue that Santorum is willfully blind to: That LGBT children exist and that they need to be educated; about safe-sex, about relationships, and about society in general.

The “think of the children” meme works just as well when applied here but with one vital difference: it is rooted in reality and not the reality Santorum would like to create.

 

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12:52PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Santorum is an idiot. Giving him the benefit of the doubt...he's a naive idiot.

Otherwise, he's just evil.

10:54AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

I spend a large part of my life providing psychiatric support for children & young people, so I am always alert to those who defend their views by pushing the “it will harm children” message. The truth is that we exist in a world where the default for our species (as for others) is DIVERSITY of the physical, emotional, sexual etc. This is part of the way in which nature ensures we adapt to the changes in the world around its life-forms. This adaptation plays its part in evolution (I have added this as a note to the creationists). The facts are that children are healthier and happier if told age-appropriate truth with the underlying message of tolerance, They also need to understand the vital role of the diversity around them, whether this exists in their peers or the world at-large.

10:37AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Marianna B M. You do not appear to have a profile, so your capitalised message of hate can only be regarded as that of a troll - or perhaps you would be prepared to explain this?

4:59AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

He is the product of a sexually repressive religion. I am sure he has only had intercourse with his spouse for the express purpose of procreation, deriving no pleasure from the act. Of course he is obsessed with the sexual "perversions" of others.

1:18PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Maybe just maybe he is gay and doesnt want his children to know what he is doing. hahahahaha
what a fool

11:20AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

gary k............... there is a passage in the bible that says 'let no profane thing fall from your mouth'.... now some believe this says that we are never to use expletives. I on the other hand have a broader view of it................... If we are directed to act with love in our hearts; IF we are directed to show compassion for our fellow human beings; IF the Lord God is the judge and we have been cautioned not to judge lest we be judged for it................. MAYBE that profane thing coming from the mouth could be "God does not like you because you are not good enough" OR "God speaks to me and tells me you are unacceptable to him and should be abused and killed"------------------- just MAYBE

11:09AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I know the thought is disgusting.... but if he believes that if gay marriage is legal we have to 'teach' gay sex in our homes and schools--------- does it not make you wonder if he sponsors the idea that heterosexual sex be taught to the children by their parents and teachers......... Doe he give his children special lessons in heterosexual sex.... heterosexual marriage is legal.

1:40PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

What?

5:41PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Women in the military have been raped by straight men. Does that mean we should kick all the straight men out of the military?? Seems to me that many of the straight military men are comfortable with gays in their presence, and have been since WWII, if the stories I have heard are true.

4:34PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

(con't)

As far as "putting it to a vote", i.e. majority rule, the U.S. Constitution was written to prevent that. The majority cannot deny equal rights to any minority, especially by a vote. One of the functions of the judicial branch is protect the rights of the minority from the will of the majority. That is why at the federal level and at the higher state levels, judges are appointed rather than elected, and they are usually appointed for life. This is to separate them from having to cater to popular opinion, and allow them to rule according to the laws and the applicable constitution (state or federal). The check to their rulings, by the way, is the amendment process which can change the constitution.

Also, ALL states "approve of no morals and no beliefs" since we are a secular society and have a secular government. It is unconstitutional to favor any particular beliefs or morals above any others. That is also why religious and "moral" based arguments are not used in the courts to defend any laws. For example, if you go over the transcript of the Prop 8 trial, you will find that the defendants of Prop 8 did not use any religious based arguments in their testimony or arguments, even though Prop 8 was sponsored and supported heavily (and almost exclusively) by religious organizations. The opponents to Prop 8 actually used this fact against the defendants.

BY the way, your "love" is not in evidence. If homosexuals or individuals do not see homosexuality as

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