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Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio: Two Peas in a Pod

by Brandon Lorenz February 03, 2016


Today, HRC released the following statement upon reports that former Senator Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for president and endorsing Marco Rubio.

"Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio share a disturbing worldview, where LGBT people are second-class citizens unworthy of the most fundamental rights and basic protections. Not only do they oppose marriage equality, they believe in a world where it's acceptable for someone to be fired or evicted from their homes because of who we are or whom we love.  That’s fundamentally wrong, and today's endorsement is only further proof that electing Marco Rubio would be a disaster for LGBT Americans,” said JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “We can't allow Marco Rubio to revoke, repeal, and overturn the gains made on LGBT equality during President Obama’s two terms in office. ”

Polling done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC shows that a 55 percent majority of voters are less likely to support a candidate for president who opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry. This majority includes Independents, married women and white millennials. All of these groups voted Republican in the last congressional election. Meanwhile, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has reported that a 75 percent majority of Granite Staters support marriage equality. No other state showed stronger support for marriage equality in PRRI’s state-based polling.

On Marriage Equality

Rubio Said He “The Most Important This The Next President Will Do” Is Appoint Justices To The Supreme Court Who Will Disagree With Current Court’s Thinking On Obergefell. In an interview with CBN, Rubio said: “And beyond it, I think one of the biggest things the next President is going to do is appoint justices to the Supreme Court -- justices who understand that the Constitution is a living and breathing document. It is a document of limitation and it’s supposed to be interpreted and applied based on its original intent. And there is no way that you can read that Constitution and deduce from it that there is constitutional right to an abortion, or a constitutional right to marry someone of the same sex. And what you have is a Supreme Court that wanted to reach a certain policy outcome and so creatively manipulated the Constitution to discover a right that for over two centuries, some of the most brilliant minds and legal history didn’t find. So you need judges that understand how constitutionally flawed that those two kinds of rulings and others have been and that’s what the most important thing the next President will do is appoint Supreme court Justices that actually will apply the constitution irrespective of their personal feelings about the issue.” [CBN, The Brody File, 12/5/2015; VIDEO]

Santorum Compared Lincoln Passing Anti-Slavery Legislation After Dred Scott Decision To Him Passing Anti-Marriage Equality Legislation After Obergefell Decision. At the Voter’s First Forum in New Hampshire, Santorum said, “‘Justice Roberts said it best, ‘There was no constitutional basis for this decision,'’ Santorum said. ‘They also said that was the case was for Roe v. Wade. They said it was the same kind of logic used in the Dred Scott case. So whose side are you going to be on? People who decided the Dred Scott case and Justice Taney, or are you going to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln?’….Invoking Lincoln’s first inaugural address, Santorum said Lincoln expressed opposition to the Dred Scott decision during the speech and later ‘went on to pass a bill to free the slaves.’ ‘Are we suggesting that we’re going to be held by a Supreme Court that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t held by when an unjust and unconstitutional decision is handed down?’ Santorum said. ‘In my opinion, we cannot be.’” [Voters First Forum, Manchester, NH; Washington Blade, 8/4/2015; VIDEO]

On Kim Davis

Rubio Said Of Clerk Refusing To Issue Marriage Certificates “While The Clerk’s Office Has Governmental Duty To Carry Out The Law…There Should Be A Way To Protect The Religious Freedom And Conscience Rights Of Individuals Working In The Office.” The New York Times reported: “Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said on Wednesday that the government should respect the beliefs of the Kentucky county clerk who has denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that society needs to accommodate public officials who object to carrying out duties they say violate their religious beliefs. ‘We should seek a balance between government’s responsibility to abide by the laws of our republic and allowing people to stand by their religious convictions,’ Mr. Rubio said in a statement to The New York Times, his first public remarks on the case. ‘While the clerk’s office has a governmental duty to carry out the law,’ he added, ‘there should be a way to protect the religious freedom and conscience rights of individuals working in the office.’” [New York Times, 9/2/2015]

Santorum Called Kentucky Clerk’s Actions “Heroic…Putting Her In Jail Is Ridiculous. It Is An Extreme Position.” The Hill reported: “Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) says he stands with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Santorum said that law enforcement officials should respect Rowan County clerk Kim Davis’s religious faith rather than punishing it.  ‘What Kim Davis did, in my opinion, was heroic,’ he told host Chris Cuomo on CNN’s ‘New Day’ that morning. ‘I commend her for standing up for her principles,’ the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. ‘Putting her in jail is ridiculous.  It is an extreme position.’ […]Santorum argued on Friday that the landmark legal decision violates religious liberty and First Amendment rights. ‘We have a situation in which the Supreme Court acted unconstitutionally,’ he said. ‘Why are we putting someone in jail because they have a religious exception?’” [The Hill, 9/4/2015; CNN, New Day, 9/4/2015; VIDEO]

On Religious Refusal Laws

Rubio Signed A Pledge Vowing To Push For Passage Of The First Amendment Defense Act In His First 100 Days In Office. According to the American Principles Project, Rubio was one of six signers of their pledge to push for the First Amendment Defense Act in the first 100 days of their presidency. “American Principles Project has joined together with Heritage Action for America, the action arm of the Heritage Foundation, and FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, to invite each of the candidates running for President to sign the following pledge: ‘If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President.’” [American Principles Project, Accessed 1/7/2016]

Santorum, As President, Would Sign Into Law The First Amendment Defense Act. According to MSNBC: “As president, Santorum said he would in his first 100 days sign into law the First Amendment Defense Act – one of five points laid out by NOM president Brian S. Brown to undermine the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges. That law, as Brown envisions it, would ‘stop government discrimination against individuals, organizations and businesses that believe marriage is between a man and a woman.’ Santorum also said he would issue executive orders to make sure people were ‘given wide berth to practice their faith.’ ‘I will use the bully pulpit not to do what this president has done – to promote global climate change ideas or trans-fats or whatever else the science of the day is – but to rally the American people around this idea,’ Santorum said of strengthening religious freedom and the nuclear family. ‘That is using power for good.’” [MSNBC, 7/2/2015]





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