Santorum Says Gay Marriage is Bad for the Economy

While I’ve heard some pretty stupid arguments against same-sex marriage, this one from Rick Santorum–he of man-on-dog love fame–strikes me as particularly ridiculous. In an interview with townhall.com, Santorum put forth his latest theory:

“When we continue to see a decline in marriage and a redefinition of marriage, you get less marriage,” he said. “You get families that aren’t as strong, and as a result, society generally, the economy suffers.”

Marriage, Santorum said, is not just about “a romantic relationship between two people.”

“It’s also about a unity of men and women, for the purposes of having and raising children, and giving the child their birthright, which is to be raised by their natural mother and natural father,” he continued. “When we have less of that in America … then society struggles and suffers. Economically, it suffers.”

 There are just so many things wrong with this argument it hurts to think about it.

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13 thoughts on “Santorum Says Gay Marriage is Bad for the Economy

  1. How would the wedding-industrial complex suffer from their being more marriages? As same-sex marriage becomes more and more part of the cultural landscape than we are going to see more elaborate same-sex weddings. That means your goign to need more rings of both the engagement and wedding variety, fancy clothing for the happy couple, rented venues for the ceremony and party, food, alcohol, wedding cakes, photographs and video, invitations, honeymoons, etc. This is all going to add up to some rather serious spending.

    Thats just from the marriage part. Same-sex couples are going to need the same services and goods that regular couples have and than some until same-sex marriage becomes completely part of thec cultural landscape.

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  2. “It’s also about a unity of men and women, for the purposes of having and raising children, and giving the child their birthright, which is to be raised by their natural mother and natural father,” he continued. “When we have less of that in America … then society struggles and suffers. Economically, it suffers.”

    My BIL and SIL couldn’t have children so they adopted two kids (brother and sister). Pretty economically sound family, too. I can’t imagine Santorum doing anything but praising them

    In related news, the Presbyterians extend Santorum an invite to go fish himself.

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  3. Whole sentences in there aren’t stupid. Marriage isn’t just a romantic relationship, especially when children are present. Families really are stronger (more resilient) with two adults to raise the children instead than one. And children should all have the chance to be raised by two loving parents. If Santorum’s train of thought wasn’t being interrupted every five seconds by the voice in his head that screams “Teh Gay! Teh Gay! Teh Gay!”, he might be worth listening to.

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