Posted by: Catherine Lugg | January 3, 2012

Rick Santorum endorses forced divorce for married queers

Rick Santorum, whose last name was forever changed to a dirty joke, is polling quite well in Iowa. The GOP presidential caucuses are later tonight and it will be interesting to see how well my former Senator (iieeee!!) will do.

While every GOP candidate has worked hard to burnish their homophobic credentials, Santorum has one of the more frightening track records, falling into the category of “professional homophobe.” Continuing in that vein, Michelangelo Signorile has a post up pointing out that Santorum has recently come out for “forced divorce” for those lesbian and gay people who have married. That is, Santorum wants to use the power of the federal government to forcibly dissolve the marriages of queer people who have entered legally binding contracts, which marriages are in a secular state.

We see forced divorces in countries that are either out-right theocracies or have strong theocratic tendencies. Typically, some poor couple runs afoul of mendacious relatives and/or nutty religious authorities who decide they can dissolve a marriage OVER the objections of the married couple. This is not a case of legally invalid marriages like one sees with a few polygamous Mormon sects, but marriages that are perfectly legal, then subsequently voided by some religious poo-bah or the state (think Saudi Arabia).

That “radical cleric” Santorum has embraced this form of state-sanctioned religious punishment for US citizens whom he finds theologically objectionable should disqualify him from ANY US public office. Yet there he is, running neck and neck with Mitt Romney in Iowa.

It’s already a very interesting election season. Time will tell if it becomes a very frightening one for queer people.

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  2. […] Mitt Romney won in a squeaker over professional homophobe Rick Santorum. Clearly, Romney has the money advantage, but Santorum seems to have won the hearts […]

  3. […] Rick Santorum endorses forced divorce for married queers (cath47.wordpress.com) Share this:TwitterFacebookPrintMoreStumbleUponDiggRedditLinkedInEmailLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

  4. How can the Federal Government UNDO something it does not recognize like marriage between consenting adults no matter what their gender? To pursue forced divorce is to admit that we exist.

    K. Saadat


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