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

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.