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08/01/2011

Rick Santorum's ever-careless words: Anti-gay, anti-NY, anti-peace, anti-future

by Jeremy Hooper

This weekend, I attended a 90th birthday party in Rockland County, NY. At said party, the guest of honor -- a lifelong New Yorker who's blessed with a sustainably sharp mind that shaves off half a century or more -- took every opportunity she could to sing the praises of my and my husband's 2009 Connecticut wedding. Literally. If we were within earshot, she would bend the ear of this guest or that cousin, raving about everything from the ceremony to the food to the venue, speaking with a pure and authentic heart. The sort of heart that comes from living long and well enough to no longer worry about a stranger's potential judgement. The sort of heart that's been built up and battered by decades of love and loss, sharpening both its ability and desire to honor that which is undeniably joyous.

Or, as Rick Santorum would say of this lovely New Yorker's emotional core: The sort of heart that's enabling the destruction of the family:

Screen Shot 2011-08-01 At 8.02.34 Am"Abraham Lincoln said it best: we do not have the right to do wrong. States do not have the right to destroy the American family. It is your business. It is not and should not… It is not fine with me that New York has destroyed marriage. It is not fine with me that New York is setting the template that will cause great division in this country."

-Former U.S. Senator and current GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum

(full comments via Box Turtle Bulletin)

Oh Rick. So determined to turn the same crude slights that facilitated his ousting from the Senate into some sort of regained electability. So destined to write his legacy with indelibly discriminatory ink.

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