I really wasn’t expecting it, but I guess in their hearts, they just couldn’t let the country down, and as if there wasn’t enough going on in Ferguson, Missouri, members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church have announced that it plans to protest the funeral of Michael Brown on August 25, 2014 in Ferguson.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, said today he opposes civil unions, too.
In response to a question by Dean Reynolds for the “CBS Evening News,” the former Pennsylvania senator said same-sex couples should work through the legal system to obtain rights similar to those enjoyed by legally married couples.
Santorum has spoken out numerous times against gay marriage. In a January 2011 interview on CNN, Santorum said he supports a federal marriage amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman.
“I have friends who are gay,” Santorum told Kelly. “It’s not personal; it’s about policy.”
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Within an hour of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signing a same-sex-marriage bill into law Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was meeting with a group of gay-marriage foes at a church minutes away, offering a message of support for their efforts to repeal the law.
Visiting Washington ahead of the March 3 GOP caucuses, he lived up to his social-conservative image, speaking to more than 100 pastors and other “values voters” in a closed-door meeting at Calvary Chapel before heading to the state Capitol to meet with Republican legislators.
Santorum planned a public rally in Tacoma on Monday night.
“I told them to keep up the fight, that this is an important issue for our families; it is an important issue for religious liberty,” the former Pennsylvania senator said of his meeting with church leaders, during a news conference Monday afternoon.
Arthur Banks, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Tacoma, said he appreciated Santorum’s visit and that the group was determined “to stand for right and righteousness against what we feel is an injustice because God’s word speaks against it — same-sex marriages.”
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Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has told priests and deacons in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that they must support his efforts to help pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state, according to the blog Progressive Catholic Voice.
Any priests with “personal reservations” about the effort should not share them publicly, the archbishop says in a letter to priests and deacons, which was published by the blog.
In the letter, Nienstedt says it is no exaggeration to say that “the movement to protect and defend the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman we are faced with one of the greatest challenges of our times.”
He says he expects “all the priests and deacons in this Archdiocese” to “support this venture and cooperate with us in the important efforts that lie ahead,” noting that when ordained, each “made a promise to promote and defend all that the Church teaches.”
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2. Santorum has been an outspoken supporter of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. His comments about gays and lesbians serving in the US Military have discussed men “living in close quarters” and showering together, Fox News reported. The candidate also compared the differences of African Americans and gays serving in the armed forces:
“There are people who were gay and lived the gay lifestyle and aren’t anymore. I don’t know if that’s the similar situation or that’s the case for anyone that’s black. It’s a behavioral issue as opposed to a color of the skin issue, and that’s the diff for serving in the military.”
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