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Santorum challenges box of rocks for the imbecile vote

Timothy Kincaid

January 11th, 2012

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Chafing at the Box of Rocks’ showing in New Hampshire, Rick Santorum was quick today to prove that he – not a box of rocks – is the truly stupid candidate this year. (WSJ)

In South Carolina, Mr. Santorum plans to hit Mr. Romney on issues like championing “Romneycare,” the health-care law he advocated and signed as governor of Massachusetts and “signing marriage licenses for homosexual couples,” said Mr. Gidley [Santorum's national spokesman].

The Box of Rocks’ national spokesman marveled at that comment, noting that governors don’t sign marriage licenses.

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Steve
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

The ironic thing is that Romney defending himself with things like “But I dusted off an archaic law originally targeting interracial marriages that forbade out of state same-sex couples to marry in MA” won’t go over well in some circles. Neither would pointing out that he used to champion a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.

revchicoucc
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

There are circumstances in which a governor would sign a marriage license.

In most states, the license must be signed by the two people getting married, the witnessses, and the person presiding at the wedding, such as a judge or a clergyperson.

A Governor would sign a license if he/she was one of the people getting married, a witness at a wedding, or the presider at the wedding. Many states do authorize elected officials to preside at weddings while they are in office. I doubt Romney signed any same-sex marriage licenses under any of these circumstances.

If state law required marriage licenses to bear the Governor’s signature, it would probably be pre-printed on the form, not individually signed. Maybe that’s the case in MA. It can be fact-checked.

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