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Rick Santorum: Same-sex marriage will have “profound consequences” for the world

Rick Santorum just can’t seem to stop hating gay people.

The Republican presidential candidate has previously angered the LGBT community with his anti-gay views — so much so, that Dan Savage encouraged people to ruin Google searches for Santorum’s last name, instead helping the search engine produce an amusingly vulgar definition in place of his official website. Last week, in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Santorum revisited old habits, this time taking aim at marriage equality.

Santorum has claimed that the Supreme Court’s ruling, that legalized marriage for millions of gay Americans, will “disrupt the foundation of the world.”

“It really is a further erosion of this foundational building block of society, which is the nuclear family,” he said. “This put the nail in the coffin in that we now disconnect the idea of the nuclear family in that it’s there for the purpose of raising children.”

Santorum claims that, as “moral leader of the world,” the Supreme Court has “disconnected marriage from children.” He believes that the ruling will have “profound consequences not just for America but for the world.”

It’s the latest in a string of statements from the former Pennsylvania Senator aimed at appealing to right-wing voters. In April this year, Santorum attempted to defend Christian businesses that wish to deny service to gay customers. “If you are a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print ‘God Hates Fags’ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up?” he told CBS.

That same month, he stated on The Hugh Hewitt Show that he wouldn’t attend a same-sex wedding, even that of a loved one or family friend. “As a person of my faith,” he said, “that would be something that would be a violation of my faith.”

And last month, Santorum stated that he would accept Caitlyn Jenner’s endorsement for his campaign. “If Caitlyn Jenner wanted to endorse me, would I accept the endorsement?” he stated on CNN. “The answer is if that’s how she feels about my candidacy then yes.”

However, while he would accept her endorsement, Santorum doesn’t believe that Jenner is a woman. ““I know what obviously and biologically he is,” he told a New Hampshire radio show. “That doesn’t change by himself identifying himself. His genetics and DNA isn’t changing.”

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Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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