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Oh, Look. Rick Santorum Is Talking Again.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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[Trigger warning for homophobia, misogyny, violence.]

ThinkProgress' Igor Volsky, whose tolerance for covering these barfinating conservative potlucks in Iowa knows no equivalent, reports from GOP presidential pseudo-candidate Rick Santorum's appearance before the FAMiLY Leader, a virulently anti-gay group who host all the best wannabe GOP candidates.

Santorum shored up his homobigot credentials by waxing rhapsodic about the super-duper specialness of two opposite-sex parent families, and reminding everyone that he thinks same-sex parents and single parents (most of whom are women) are garbage. And no way should we allow gay couples to adopt, because Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, or whatever.
Can you have good stock, solid family with a single parent? Yes you can [but] if you were getting on an airplane and you had a choice between two of them and one airplane would get you there 95 percent of the time and the other plane would get you there 85 percent of the time. What plane would you take? [People in the audience mutter "ninety-five."] Well, sure, single parenthood will get you there most of the time...but it just isn’t as good. It just isn’t as good as having a mom and a dad.

And so: What should society be for? What should society nurture? What should society encourage? It should encourage marriage between a man and a woman, raising children, in a stable environment. That's what's best for society!

...A lesbian woman walked up to me and says, "Why are you denying me my right?" I said, "Well, because it's not a right. It's a privilege." It's a privilege that society recognizes because society sees an intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship.
He also babbled a whole bunch of nonsense about how households with two parents of the opposite sex with children are the best economy, and two being better than one is basic math, blah blah yawn.

As Igor notes, Santorum is wrong (shocking!) about single-parent households being superior to two-parent households where both parents are the same sex. Two-parent households, irrespective of the parents' gender, are generally better. And I say generally because Santorum's fantasy world doesn't include complications like abusive parents, but reality does.

Any child is better off with two loving parents of the same sex or one loving parent of either sex than two parents of opposite sexes who treat their kids like shit.

But that's not the sort of nuance one can expect a professional dipshit like Rick Santorum to appreciate. Especially when his mind is otherwise engaged with trying to figure out how to force women to have babies they don't want to ensure that more of the single parents he so despises exist in the world. ads
 

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