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

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

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.

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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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