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Andrew Sullivan on Rick Santorum on Gay Marriage.

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Rick Santorum got booed in New Hampshire for pushing his belief that Gay Marriage is equal to Polygamy, an old and tired opinion that not only doesn’t logically follow from the debate, but that belittles real human relationships among gays and lesbians.
Andrew Sullivan responded to this, and I agree with him so emphatically that I am posting it verbatim. And I appreciate that Sullivan cuts straight to the point in the url address for his post: /rick-santorum-is-a-dick.html

That Santorum has regurgitated the polygamy point reveals, it seems to me, the weakness of his thinking on this issue. Gay people are not seeking the right to marry anyone. They are seeking the right merely to marry someone. Currently we are denied that basic civil right that every heterosexual takes completely for granted, in most states. The issue of polygamy is completely different and separate. Currently, no straight people have a right to a three-way marriage, let alone gay ones. I think there are very good social reasons for that, although it’s certainly worth debating. But it’s another debate. The only way Santorum’s argument works is with the premise that gays denied any right to marry are denied no right at all. They are not in the same category as heterosexuals, and their relationships, and the benefits they bring, are inherently inferior, indeed morally repugnant.

That’s Santorum’s view. It’s his view that private gay sex can and should be regulated by the government to prevent the evil of sodomy from destroying society. And sodomy, remember, means any non-procreative sex act: oral sex, masturbation and, worst of all, contraception: a deliberate flouting of natural law. If this is the position of the GOP, it is essentially turning itself into an irrelevance for the vast majority of those under 40, and hefty proportion of everyone above.

The boos are a harbinger. But they may turn to cheers, of course, in South Carolina.

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Written by Christopher ZF

January 6, 2012 at 11:54

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