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Rick Santorum and gay rights

Ever since Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucuses last week, much has been made on his Christian views on marriage.  Gay marriage, gay adoption and gay rights have been the subject of debate questions, town hall barrages and water cooler discussions.

But during Sunday morning’s NBC Meet the Press debate, Rick Santorum captured the essence of what it means to be a (1) Christian, (2) conservative and (3) a republican.

When moderator David Gregory asked Santorum what the Senator would say if his son came to confide that he was gay.  Senator Santorum replied, “I would love him the same as I did the day before he told me.”

Christians are lovers of people.  Rick Santorum’s answer demonstrated that.  Christians aren’t people or politicians that love conditionally.  Our politics may be at odds with many demographics, but at the end of the day, we don’t care what anyone did.  In fact we love homosexual people as much as we love anyone else.  They are people with the same inherent worth as heterosexual people.  Often times the media portrays evangelicals of the enemy of homosexuals.  This mischaracterizes the debate.

Throughout the debates every time Santorum has been asked about “gay rights” he has replied properly, that he is defending those people the same as he defends any people.  If there are certain people that want to push the envelope, there is going to be push-back.  Not only do we love people, but we love our culture, we love our morals and we love our God.  At the end of the day, Christians fight for all of these things.

Santorum, like most religious Christians and political conservatives, want all people to have the opportunity to hold down a job, buy a house and live comfortably.  He wants all Americans to have the right to free speech and religion, the right to bear arms, the right to a trial by jury and the right to life unless taken through due process of law.

If gay Americans want to fight for the right to marry or the right to adopt, that is their prerogative.  But simply because we don’t believe in those values, does not mean that we stand against you.  In fact, we stand with you on most of the major issues.  We love you, we respect you and like all Americans, want the best for you.

Tim Griffin is the editor of griffinelection.com

 

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