Same old, same old: Rick Santorum at March for Marriage 2014 @ YouTube

Rick Santorum at March for Marriage 2014

Surprising nobody, Santorum continues to toe the ideological line on marriage and try to move that line farther and farther back. To those like myself who hear jibber jabber when his lips move, it’s more of the same. I’d love to believe he’s just cynically pandering, but my gut says he actually believes his own BS. The problem I see there is that if he and his sort want to protect the sanctity of marriage, I would fully expect to see a) a hard press to eliminate divorce, to criminalize infidelity, and to protect married women from domestic violence and spousal rape, and b) a move to get government out of the business of acknowledging religious ritual as some form of official pronouncement.

To the extent that government affords special financial recognition based on participation in religious rituals, government oversteps its bounds. Let churches discriminate as they will, but strip the state perks and bennies associated with church recognition of a couple’s (or individual’s) status in the church.  Let those perks and bennies be based solely on the filing of state forms, without discrimination. Uncle Sam really couldn’t care less about the romance Santorum goes on about. It’s really none of government’s business. For government, it should be about such formalities as tax brackets, the power to nudge “families” to procreate according to population needs, and tidy estates.

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