Rick Santorum Wants to Protect Box Turtles

Jim Burroway

September 6th, 2008

He also wants to to protect the spotted owl and snails. But not gay people.

Michelangelo Signorile has been airing several interviews from the GOP convention lately, and this one of former Senator Rick Santorum is priceless. Here we have Santorum arguing against same-sex marriage:

I use the example of the environmental impact statement. You know, we have an ecology, we have an environment that is impacted by changes in the environment. We have a moral ecology in this country just like we have a physical ecology in this country. We have a set of values and traditions that define who we are as a society and have an impact throughout society. When I want to change the environment, I have to go out and prove that by building this structure or changing this place, that I’m not going to affect the ecology of the area, that I’m not going to adversely impact the box turtle, or the spotted owl, or the snail.

What would Santorum include in his environmental impact statement? He wants to misuse studies to claim that gays sexually abuse children at higher rates, and that gay relationships experience more domestic violence — even though the scientific evidence shows the exact opposite.

It’s a shame how those who claim the moral high ground hold the truth in such low regard.


September 6th, 2008

What is Santorum’s problem? Does anyone have a clue?

Samantha Davis

September 6th, 2008

I think Mr. Santorum has been polluting my country’s moral ecology for long enough.


September 6th, 2008

You’d think that Massachusetts would have provided enough of a proof that marriage equality isn’t “going to affect the ecology of the area.”* Unless there’ve been floods and brimstone in Massachusetts I haven’t heard about.

(* This is, of course, giving Santorum undue credit for a ridiculous concept to begin with.)

Bill S

September 6th, 2008

So in the analogy he’s using, LGBT are like pollution.
But he doesn’t consider himself a hate-monger or a bigot. Do these people ever HEAR themselves?

L. Junius Brutus

September 6th, 2008

I hope he runs for governor in 2010 – I want to see him go down in flames… again.


September 6th, 2008

Santorum who????

Like a bad penny, he just won’t go away.

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