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01/05/2012

Video: 'Gays threaten my family,' says man who vows to legally divorce mine

by Jeremy Hooper

At the 56:00 mark of this interview with the Concord Monitor editorial board, Rick Santorum begins talking about gay people, then proceeds to talk for nearly ten minutes. He talks about how much gay divorce will affect him in Pennsylvania. He talks about how much his family will be affected if his children have to learn about LGBT people's realities. He talks about the dangers of portraying gay people as normal. He warns of sensitivity training. He uses Maggie Gallagher's beloved "they'll treat us like bigots" shpiel. He cites all of the usual canards that the social conservatives keep spreading in this ongoing game of telephone.

Only thing the GOP star doesn't discuss? The welfare of gay people, their families, their rights, their citizenship, etc. At all:

The only thing one can deduce from his (and to be fair, many other conservatives') ability to talk about us for this long without even a shred of consideration for those are truly affected in the real world sense by marriage (in)equality is that he simply does not care about us. Or for us. Or care whether or not we even exist in his vision for America. At least not as we truly are. In fact, if we are abnormal and the threat that he says we are, then the most logical assumption is that Rick Santorum would prefer we're not around after his theoretical inauguration.

You may think that makes me sound like Captain Obvious. But honestly, I don't think most people really stop and think about what people like Rick Santorum are saying in a grounded, applicable way. Most hear this stuff and think, "Yeah, another conservative being conservative." They don't see and hear this as the truly chilling threat that it is. They might hear Rick Santorum say he would literally take away certain citizens' legal marriages -- they just don't process that to mean what he means.

The "values" crowd's startling lack of empathy is met with an equally startling level of apathy. I don't know what it's going to take.

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