Santorum claims gay marriage leads to more single mothers

Posted Aug 1, 2014 by Martin Laine
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) spent much of June spreading his anti-gay marriage message, claiming gay marriage led to fewer marriages and single motherhood. He also claimed anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to re-education camps.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
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In a radio interview given to the conservative website during the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., Santorum said “When we continue to see a decline in marriage and a redefinition of marriage, you get less marriage. You get families that aren’t as strong, and as a result, society generally and the economy suffers,” according to an article on the Talking Points website.
According to the website, economists who have studied the effects of gay marriage on society and the economy have reached just the opposite conclusion. That’s not the sort of thing that bothers Santorum. He also doesn’t believe in global climate change and scoffs at the scientific evidence, claiming he knows better.
Santorum, 56, also ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, coming in second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Also in June Santorum appeared on the American Family Associations radio program “Focal Point” where he claimed anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to re-education camps.
“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers who are being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings or get fined or lose their business,” he said according to a Huffington Post article. “There was a case in Colorado recently where someone had to go to a re-education camp, if you will.”
He was apparently referring to a case in which a baker refused to provide a wedding cake for a gay couple. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that he need to institute an anti-discrimination policy for his business, and to provide a copy for the court. No one was sent to a “re-education camp.”
“They are fighting, they are fighting, they are not backing away, they’re coming at us,” Santorum said. “We have to understand that this is a war, and if we don’t engage in this war, we will lose this war.”
Santorum has said he’s interested in running for the GOP nomination again in 2016, and it’s obvious that he hasn’t softened his staunchly conservative views one bit. From the looks of things he’s going to build his campaign on his appeal to the most conservative Republicans. The problem is there are several other conservative candidates eyeing the same voters.