Rick Santorum: Scott Walker’s Wife Isn’t Subservient Enough Because She Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Well, that didn’t take very long.

Earlier this month, Scott Walker’s wife Tonette told the Washington Post that while her husband opposes same-sex marriage she and their two sons actually support the Supreme Court ruling that legalizes marriage equality across all 50 states in the nation.

Here’s the excerpt from the Post.

In their house, Tonette Walker heard immediately about her husband’s response from the couple’s two sons, Matt and Alex, who are taking time off from college to help their father’s campaign. She told them to talk directly to him.

“That was a hard one,” Tonette said, pausing and choosing her words carefully. “Our sons were disappointed. . . . I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.”

“It’s hard for me because I have a cousin who I love dearly — she is like a sister to me — who is married to a woman, her partner of 18 years,” she said.

She said her son Alex was her cousin’s best man at their wedding last year.

The couple, Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem, have vacationed and hosted parties with the Walkers, according to friends.

And now, predictably, Republicans are attacking Walker by targeting his wife just one day after the Wisconsin governor announced his entry into the Republican presidential sweepstakes. And Rick Santorum is leading the assault.

During an interview with The Daily Caller, Santorum questioned Walker’s ability to be a good little conservative who toes the party line, claiming that the views his wife holds makes him a weaker candidate than someone whose spouse falls in line.

“Spouses matter. I saw that repeatedly with Republican presidents. When your spouse is not in-sync with you, particularly on cultural issues, moral issues — what I’ve seen over time is that presidents as well as members of Congress tend not to be as active on those issues. Not to say they are going to change their positions. They rarely to my knowledge change their positions. They tend not to do things that put them out there, fighting this fight, when they know they’re going to… have some disharmony at home.”

Indeed, just a day after Walker and his family had a pow-wow over his extreme reaction to the Supreme Court ruling, he softened his stance while speaking to conservative hard-liners in Colorado instead of ramping up his rhetoric as other conservatives like Santorum would do. The divide within his own family swayed Walker somewhat. One minute he’s calling for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and then he talks about respecting others the next.

Apparently, Santorum thinks Tonette Walker isn’t being subservient enough to her husband and he wants to make it an issue. You know, because conservative “Christians” think wives need to know their place and always agree with their husbands no matter what. Clearly, women thinking for themselves is not tolerated in the Santorum household and he feels the need to make that a standard in all marriages. Well, except the gay ones, of course. Those aren’t real according to ol’ Frothy.

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