Rick Santorum Says He Will Overturn The Supreme Court If Same-Sex Marriage Is Ruled Legal (VIDEO)

Author: February 13, 2012 12:34 am

I love studying government. Always have. I believe every American should know how the American system works, especially those who run for President. But apparently Rick Santorum missed the civics lesson about checks and balances because he thinks he can overrule Supreme Court rulings he disagrees with.

During Meet The Press on Sunday morning, David Gregory asked Rick Santorum what he would do if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling made by the Ninth Circuit Court to strike down Prop 8, which had banned same-sex marriage. Santorum said he would overturn Roe v. Wade and any Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal.

“I would do the same thing I would with Roe v. Wade, which I would seek to try and overturn it. I think judicial tyranny is a serious issue in this race and this country. And we need judges who respect the people’s voice. Let the people decide with respect to what the constitution says, if in fact they would go through a constitutional amendment process.”


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Santorum sounds a lot like Newt Gingrich on this issue. Like Gingrich, Santorum thinks he has the power to overrule Supreme Court decisions with which he takes exception. The only problem is, the President cannot overrule the Supreme Court. Only the American people can do that via constitutional amendment. That’s how basic checks and balances work. As an American, it’s embarrassing to hear a Presidential candidate assume that they have powers that they don’t actually have. But Rick Santorum is also crazy for suggesting that the people should be able to decide who has rights in this country. Last time I checked, the Constitution guarantees American citizens equality under the law, personal liberty, and privacy. The Fourteenth Amendment clearly states:

“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Therefore, the people cannot deny rights to homosexuals because the Constitution already guarantees them. The reason homosexuals have to fight for their rights in court in the first place is because hateful bigots like Rick Santorum try to take those rights away.

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5 Comments

  • The Supreme Leader, eh? Good to know. There’s probably a country in the Middle East just waiting for his leadership.

  • If Santorum (or someone like him) is ever elected President, I believe he will do every thing in his power to turn our country into a theocratic dictatorship. He is telling us he would dissolve the Supreme Court, do away with the Bill or Rights and any other article of the Constitution he does not like. The Constitution is just a piece of paper. It is the power of the government that enforces the rights guaranteed in it. It is not too hard to imagine a fanatic like Santorum that finds a way to use the power of the military and law enforcement to deprive us of our basic freedoms, most of which we take for granted. History if full of examples of such a take over of nations by nationalists and fascists (we should call them what they are). We need to remember that from Athens to Rome to 1930’s Germany, democracy has faced this threat and lost over and over again. If you believe it cannot happen here, you have your head buried in your iTunes. My friends on the right fear a take over by Socialist. I believe it is far more likely to come from fundamentalist and plutocrats like Rick, Newt or Mitt.

  • New Rule: People who do not understand the law should stop mouthing off about it.

  • Say what you will about the sixties, but Rick Santorum would have been relegated to the lunatic fringe, where he belongs.

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    “The reason homosexuals have to fight for their rights in court in the first place is because hateful bigots like Rick Santorum try to take those rights away.”
    And if he were to get elected, he’d be trying to take those rights away from EVERYONE, not just the LGBT community. He is SO AFRAID of sex, he must REALLY have been abused as a child. That or he’s just always been sociophobic, like so many “religious” people.

    I again am placing a call to any people who call themselves Christian but hate what the Right is doing to your religion. If you believe that Republican Jesus(TM) that hates gays, unemployed people and Democrats is NOT the Jesus of YOUR Bible, please complain to your priest, minister or pastor. Ask them what THEY can do to stop the hate in the name of their Saviour. That is the ONLY possible way to cool this rhetoric and fervor down (which the GOP wants to keep stirring, they’ve found their hate focus for THIS election – the Godless atheists are going after your religion! Help us show them it’s not RELIGION that’s the problem, it’s HATE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION that’s the problem – JUST LIKE ISLAM. IT’S NOT THE RELIGION, IT’S THE HATERS…

    Who’s the domestic terrorists, GOP? The ones stirring up racial hatred, class hatred, anti-gay violence, or the ones stirring up relief for the women whom childbirth would mean continuing the endless poverty cycle? Fred Phelps, Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum or President Obama and “Obamacare,” better known as “One small step for a sick man…”

    The GOP is going to use religion as the stick to batter the voters this year. If you are religious, protest NOW to your church elders. If they blow you off (young Catholics especially take notice here) go to the regional or national council, whatever is a couple steps up the Church hierarchy. Sooner or later you can either get some pressure put on the evangelicals or get your own church to admit it’s homophobic and bigoted – and THAT you take to the press (or the Internet…)

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