Former senator and presidential GOP
candidate Rick Santorum is being thanked for helping to make the
conservative case for the legalization of gay marriage.
a POLITICO.com op-ed, Dough Hattaway and Alex Cole wrote
that Santorum's arguments for defending marriage apply to both
straight and gay unions.
In a speech about the benefits of
marriage to society to the conservative Heritage Foundation, Santorum
said that the “essence of marriage is selflessness in a
self-centered society” and that “government must promote marriage
as a fundamental societal benefit.”
“Santorum went on to argue that
government should therefore limit marriage to straight couples,”
Hattaway and Cole wrote. “We took Santorum's messages about
marriage and inverted his logic: If the government allows more people
to marry, including gays and lesbians, isn't that 'promoting'
marriage and making society stronger?”
“Santorum's notions about marriage
and society hold promise for helping the marriage equality movement
change hearts and minds in more conservative parts of America.