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Santorum: Washington’s approval of gay marriage is ‘not the final word’

Monday, February 13, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, well known for his opposition to same-sex marriage, visited Washington state on Monday within an hour of Gov. Chris Gregoire signing the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law.

Rick Santorum

Before meeting with political leaders in the Legislative building, Santorum held a private meeting with religious leaders at an Olympia church, in which he encouraged opponents of same-sex marriage to “continue the fight.”

Santorum said the marriage equality law “waters down marriage” and that Washington state’s approval of same-sex marriage is “not the final word” on the subject.

“We need to have a national consensus on this, a national debate,” Santorum said. “I believe we should move forward with a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.”

The former Pennsylvania senator argued that there are societal consequences without strong traditional marriages, including more people going to prison, more dropouts from school, higher poverty rates and higher government spending.

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  1. Oh silly santorum. Kiss ass, wake up, and smell the equality<3

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:45pm
  2. Fuck off Republicans!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:45pm
  3. Would someone shut him the hell up already?! Gawd.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:45pm
  4. Would somebody please punch this guy…

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:46pm
  5. He is such an ass!! I dont understand why people like him have such a problem with gay marriage. He doesnt have to marry a man so it doesnt affect him one big. What a tool.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:46pm
  6. Oh, take your frothing somewhere else, Rick.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:46pm
  7. IDIOT!!!!!! It’s 2012 get off the sexist, bullying BS! YAY Washington but, this guy should be ashamed of himself.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:47pm
  8. your absolutely correct it is not the final word in our battle for equality. we will continue to fight every bigoted asshole you can throw at us… To quote a famous American, “We have not yet begun to fight.”

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:47pm
  9. Santorum, your word does not count. You should know that by now !

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:48pm
  10. Look up santorum on urbandictionary. Nuff’ said.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:49pm
  11. Hey santorum, just fucking try!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:51pm
  12. Well said John Mattson… here-here!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:52pm
  13. If a vulture swooped down, picked frothy up by his neck, and took him on a flight with his arms and legs flailing, before dropping his bigot butt into the raging middle of the Pacific Ocean, I would dance a fucking jig.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:53pm
  14. one more reason to keep this fool out of office, not that we needed another reason

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:53pm
  15. Why do I have a feeling he was looking forward to going AFTER it was signed?

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:54pm
  16. Mr. Sanitarium. There is also another quote that I believe is from Abraham Lincoln. Tis better to let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Rick removed all doubt a long time ago, so why is he still relevant?

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:56pm
  17. Santorum CONSTANTLY bitches about the courts imposing their will on the people regarding “gay marriage”.

    Well … this law came from the people’s elected legislature — not the courts.

    WTF is his problem now?!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:56pm
  18. because he wants to impose his will… much the same way hitler wanted to impose his will on europe

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:57pm
  19. Oh please, he has the IQ of an eggplant!!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:58pm
  20. Dickbags..give it up teabaggers

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:58pm
  21. he’s so ignorant!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:00pm
  22. idiots!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:00pm
  23. we shall overcome!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:01pm
  24. How about he not get involved with state issues and realize it is a state issue right now? If he wants any chance of winning, he better realize he needs to appeal to those who support gay rights…

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:01pm
  25. He can kiss my fat rican ass right after I pants him and show everyone what he doesn’t have

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:04pm
  26. “I think we should have a nation consensus…” “We should propose an amendment declaring marriage is between a man and a woman” Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees that those two sentences contradict each other.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:06pm
  27. I am sick of the hate he spews out. You expect to represent all of America, while hating some of us? Shame on you.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:07pm
  28. Someone needs to shove a plug up his santorum…he is more of a whiney bitch than a presidental candidate.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:07pm
  29. *presidential

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:14pm
  30. Lmfao god i love you baby!!!!! @ Vana…. Ima pay mister sanitation a visit n bedazzle his car n dance on the hood of it to i will survive wrapped in my raynebow flag #how.bout.that

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:16pm
  31. We now know where to throw a the next gay ball

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:19pm
  32. F__k off gay boy

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:27pm
  33. funny that hitler had a “final” something or other, well good luck with that santorum

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:28pm
  34. Uhhhh…it is in that particular state. rme

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:38pm
  35. Dear Rick Santorum, please kneel down and start sucking. You have offically revealed that you’re just too damn obsessed with gay men you might as well start coming out of the closet. Seriously, your hatred is not gong to win you points, it’s just going to make you look like a perverted, homophobic, sexist, obsessive compulsive idiot that is barely pitiful.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:50pm
  36. Doesn’t he have something better to do? Like falling off the face of the planet?

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:50pm
  37. God he is such a Santorum

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:53pm
  38. @ Joshua Murray. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:09pm
  39. Honestly what the Fuck? I don’t know what to even say, everything he said is just ducked up.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:09pm
  40. yes sir, it IS the final word, GET OVER IT!

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:46pm
  41. He is still delusional I see, so how long before he can be admitted to the psych ward?

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:59pm
  42. AARRGGHHHH!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:00am
  43. I have to be imature about this…hahah we win you lose loser =P

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:05am
  44. When the hell is this guy going to realise that if he wants to be president and represent America, that he has to represent everyone which includes the LGBT community? Also, why does what others do and how others live thier lives so important to him? Last time I checked America was to be a free country.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:17am
  45. seems funny that the only consequences he sites are what would normally go up with time anyway as a consequence of over population, lower paying jobs, little job opportunities available, more kids having to drop out to work at any number of crap jobs to help their families survive…. way to point to the obvious Ricky – maybe if you got off the gay hate and did something to help ensure that we could have more jobs that pay a good wage without over taxing the poor so our kids can dream of a future outside of working in a fast food restaraunt then you’d see that scapgoating the gays was just yours (and others of your biggoted ilk) a poor attempt to cover up corporations (and republicans who are the corporate puppets) greed and their the ones (the people who own these corporations as well as their bought puppets) who have ruined the american dream. Don’t fall for their BS people – the truth wins out!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:28am
  46. He can kiss our gay ass..If only beating the fuck out of that piece of shit was an option.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:51am
  47. What I’m afraid of is that he will become the GOPs nomination because all of the people that are threatened by us are coming-out in mass to vote for him.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:07am
  48. The people that are sympathetic to our cause aren’t motivated enough to get their butts out there and vote against him.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:09am
  49. Shut the fuck up Rick, nobody gives a damn about what your saying! Complete dumb ass

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:29am
  50. he needs to go a way most of what hes says come out hes as_

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:34am
  51. OK, what did I miss? I thought these GOP bigoted homophobes wanted less government intrusion on each state. They really will say and do anything to get elected, won’t they?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 3:27am
  52. Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 4:14am
  53. Nothing worse than a homophobic , self- loathing closeted sad person!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 5:56am
  54. In 2014: BREAKING NEWS! Former GOP candidate Rick Santorum has come out as homosexual in front of his family and peers!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:41am
  55. FU Santorum

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:54am
  56. I’m gonna convert to Buddhism. I can’t stand it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:34pm
  57. How the hell does gay marriage have anything to do with more people going to prison, more dropouts from school, higher poverty rates, and higher government spending?! That’s just stupid, ignorant crap.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:01pm