Rick Santorum Tells a Mother That Her Son Is Engaging In Behavior That The Government Should Not Promote
Rick Santorum railed against the LGBT community at a campaign stop at Community Christian Academy in Stuart, Florida on Tuesday, telling a woman that her gay son engages in unhealthy activity that the government should not “promote“:
“Everybody in America should have the same rights, and I would agree with that,” Santorum said. “Everyone in America should have rights that are endowed to them by the Creator, those are unalienable rights. And your son, just like everyone else here, has those unalienable rights.”
But, Santorum said, “There are certain things that government does that gives people privileges in order to promote activity that are healthy for society and are best for society. And those things we promote would give people advantages or benefits, government benefits because we think that is healthy activity. Mothers and fathers coming together, forming healthy marriages, having children and raising those children. Every American child has the right, and the government should support the right to have and know their mother and father and be raised by their mother and father.”
In excluding gay people from his definition of “healthy marriages” and families, the former Pennsylvania senator is ignoring the 2 million children who are currently living with LGBT parents, and is instead relying on the preposterous gay-people-are-a-public-health-risk arguments that are perpetuated by some of the nation’s most ardent anti-gay organizations (and Santorum supporters). The stigma this kind of rhetoric perpetuates undermines the many gay and lesbian people who are eager to enter into marriages, raise children, and receive all of the legal rights and responsibilities that opposite-sex couples enjoy.