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RNC 2012: Santorum calls for end to ‘assault on marriage’

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Speakers at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday hammered President Obama for what they said were failed economic policies while largely staying away from social or LGBT issues — although marriage was a cornerstone in the high-profile speech by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.

The former Republican presidential candidate talked about running for the White House and shaking hands with people from many walks of life as he criticized Obama — even misrepresenting the president by saying he was “waiving the work requirement for welfare.”

Michael Key, Washington Blade

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Republican National Convention.

Santorum devoted a significant portion of his speech to what he said was the decline of the institution of marriage.

“The fact is that marriage is disappearing in places where government dependency is highest,” Santorum said. “Most single mothers do heroic work and an amazing job raising their children, but if America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family.”

Santorum never explicitly mentioned same-sex marriage during his speech, although the Republican has a history of vocal opposition to LGBT rights. Still, the former senator said President Obama, who in May endorsed marriage equality, has enacted policies that “undermine the traditional family.”

Additionally, Santorum criticized the Obama administration for immigration policy, saying “with his refusal to enforce our immigration laws, President Obama rules like he is above the law.” The criticism could be a reference to many actions the administration has taken — including providing certain young, undocumented immigrants with deferred action on deportation — but also could be a reference to the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to consider undocumented immigrants a low priority for removal if they’re in a same-sex marriage.

Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said Santorum’s remarks on marriage shouldn’t be a surprise given that delegates at the convention earlier in the day approved a party platform including anti-gay language.

“Earlier today, delegates at the Republican convention enthusiastically voted in favor of the most anti-LGBT platform ever adopted by a political party,” Davis said. “It was a low point for the party and our country. It came as no surprise, then, to hear Rick Santorum lecturing delegates and the American people on ‘traditional families’ during the primetime speeches tonight.”

No other speakers at the convention on Tuesday made marriage or social issues as great a part of their speeches as Santorum, but others did touch on marriage.

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36 more reader comments:

  1. What a tool.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:48am
  2. wait, what!?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:48am
  3. Then BACK the fuck up already.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:49am
  4. The only assault on marriage he should worry about is DIVORCE…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:50am
  5. He is so afraid to just come and out of the closet.. It’s sad..

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:51am
  6. Santorum needs to come out of the Closet

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:54am
  7. I agree, let’s end a ban on love.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:55am
  8. *vomit* Yeah Sanatorum…stop your assault on our families!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:55am
  9. the FrothyMix should stop assaulting my marriage
    right now would be good with me

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:55am
  10. I call for the end of Rick Santorum’s assault equal rights and a secular government.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:57am
  11. thats right we can’t have big government unless its controlling who we marry, whether we can look at porn, whether we can have sex with birth control.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:58am
  12. That man is a nazi

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:59am
  13. christians DID not event marriage, christian faith in a whole was est by the council of Nicea 325ad, before that they were jews that worshiped jesus

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:59am
  14. Can we call for the end of satorum being able to talk?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:59am
  15. How about you end your “assault” on gay people and, essentially, ANYONE who is different from you, asshole?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:05am
  16. Does this mean they are kicking Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris, David Vitter, (I could go on here …) out of the Party? Please, can I watch?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:11am
  17. D Bag!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:14am
  18. Nobody is assaulting Marriage, since when people wanting to be treated Equally is an assault on anyone else’s marriage? He is a full of shit, homophobic bigot!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:21am
  19. How about the end of the assault against equality for all citizens of the United States of America?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:25am
  20. If the GOP is so concerned with Marriage, how come we don’t hear them bitch about the divorce rate, infidelity or those quicky Vegas Marriages? No, that doesn’t bother them, but 2 people of the same sex being allowed to make their union legal and get the same benefits, somehow is a huge treat to “marriage”. Fuck the GOP, self righteous Hypocrites!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:27am
  21. Shut up Santorum! Marriage is not bingassulte. The only reason why you were able to survive for so long in the GOP primaries is b/c Republican primary voters were looking for anyone but Romney. I guess that’s one thing Dems had in common w/ those primary voters is that we all hate Romney. That said, Dems and Indys hate you too!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:31am
  22. assault on MARRIAGE? HEY RICK we are talking FEDERAL GOV..none of their business…and one of your HERO NEWT married 3 times, RUSH a few times as well, and how about Mitt’s family MULTIPLE WIVES? DUH

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:42am
  23. Jackass

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:47am
  24. He’s a liberal on the far right…he wants to dictate to ppl how to live

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:57am
  25. This republican will be voting against romney and the RNC…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 10:00am
  26. Oh so are the homophobic conservatives going to stop assaulting our marriages?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 10:43am
  27. What is he talking about anyway….what is the assault ??? He is an insult to true values of what love IS!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 11:08am
  28. Freakin homophobic idiot. I know not all “Cons” are bigots and stupid, but he doesn’t do much to shake the stereotype.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 11:24am
  29. Just wait. Wait for it. He will be getting a divorce because of some closeted, sordid same sex affair. He is a hateful, self loathing, homophobic, closet case. Wait for it.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 11:44am
  30. My humble opinion: get your minds out of the gutter and quit obsessing over what other citizens do with their pants down and with whom they do it. As long as it’s all consensual and no one’s harmed or abused, how exactly does it affect you? The Constitution in a nutshell–live and let live!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:32pm
  31. Go google yourself, Santorum!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:04pm
  32. The only problem with marriage is people not taking the time to understand what it implies, people who fall out of love and who divorce.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:46pm
  33. So when is the gop going to call for mandatory marital counseling for 2 years without a separation prior to divorce. That would do a lot more to protect marriage than the bigoted hatred they put out now

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 2:00pm
  34. Then just outlaw divorce. Divorce is now and has been the only assault there is.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 3:01pm
  35. assault? The only “assault” he needs to watch out for is when I shove my foot up his loose asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 3:57pm
  36. There is no assault on marriage, you dumbass. There is an assault on overwhelming stupidity.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 4:13pm