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Santorum compares 9th Circuit to Soviet Union, calls court ‘intolerant’ for striking down Prop 8

IGOR VOLSKY | Think Progress
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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McKINNEY, Texas — During a town hall in McKinney, Texas on Wednesday afternoon, Rick Santorum lashed out at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for striking down Proposition 8, arguing that the judges displaced “intolerance” towards conservatives and labeled proponents of “traditional” marriage as “bigots” when they found the measure unconstitutional.

Yesterday’s decision affirmed a lower court ruling and concluded that “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

But Santorum, who did not raise the issue until the very end of the event, argued that the judges had offended religious people.

“Where is the tolerance of someone having a belief structure that is based in nature, that is based in reason, that is based in faith,” Santorum asked. “The intolerance of the left, the intolerance of the secular ideology, it is a religion on to itself, it is just not a biblical based religion. And it is the most intolerant — just like we say from the days of the atheists in the Soviet Union.”

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