Gov. Gary Johnson Assails Santorum on Marriage Equality

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    Jan 09, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    I just got this press release. I thought y'all might find it interesting.

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    January 9, 2012, Santa Fe, NM -- Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson assailed Sen. Rick Santorum today for the ex-senator's opposition to marriage equality and for Santorum's past comments equating gay marriage with polygamy, child molestation and bestiality. Johnson also offered criticism of President Barack Obama, who he said was "playing politics" with gay rights.

    "Rick Santorum's position is unconstitutional. The Constitution requires that all citizens be treated equally and makes no reference to gender in assuring those equal rights," said Johnson. "By any fair measure, equal access to marriage for all Americans is a right -- guaranteed by the Constitution. Senator Santorum's claim that legally recognizing gay marriage would be no different than legalizing polygamy, child molestation or bestiality is repugnant and insulting to millions of gay Americans," said the former New Mexico Governor.

    Johnson had equally harsh criticism for President Barack Obama. "The New York Times reports that while President Obama gives lip service to gay equality, the President will not support gay marriage before the election because of the opposition of African Americans, as reflected in his polling, and the need to assure maximum support from African American voters in November," said Johnson. "Instead the President sends out surrogates to imply that he will support gay marriage in a second term.

    “President Obama did the same kind of dance around the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. He promised to repeal it in his campaign, then dragged his feet on repealing it as President, even sending the Justice Department’s lawyers into court to defend it. Then when ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was finally repealed by Congress, he claimed victory and a promise fulfilled.

    “As for Rick Santorum, at least he is consistent. He not only opposed the repeal of DADT, he has promised to return our military to the Dark Ages and reinstate it, and claims that repealing such a discriminatory policy has somehow been ‘detrimental’ to gays.

    “I, for one, am tired of seeing candidates for president – including the President himself, play political games with people's lives and happiness. Perhaps it's time for a president who leads based upon principle instead of polls," he said.

    Johnson announced on Dec 28th that he would leave the Republican Presidential contest and seek the Libertarian Party nomination. If nominated by the Libertarians, Johnson will be on all 50 state ballots as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. "The two-party system is broken," Johnson said when he announced. "I'm ready to offer the American people a Libertarian alternative."
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    Jan 09, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    The best candidate in the field by far!
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    Jan 09, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidThe best candidate in the field by far!

    I think I would have to agree, and I would like to echo this quote from Johnson:

    "I, for one, am tired of seeing candidates for president – including the President himself, play political games with people's lives and happiness. Perhaps it's time for a president who leads based upon principle instead of polls."
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    Jan 09, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    we aren't talking about JUST the POTUS candidates.. CONGRESS itself has AS much to do with this crap as any singular person. Its about time for a statesman to be a fucking STATESMAN instead of a poll garner or campaign money collector. And yes that includes every GOP and DEM politician.
    Actually I wish we could BAN 'politicians' from DC and every other state capital..
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    Jan 09, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidwe aren't talking about JUST the POTUS candidates.. CONGRESS itself has AS much to do with this crap as any singular person. Its about time for a statesman to be a fucking STATESMAN instead of a poll garner or campaign money collector. And yes that includes every GOP and DEM politician.
    Actually I wish we could BAN 'politicians' from DC and every other state capital..

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    Jan 09, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    I really wish Johnson would be given the time of day, but unfortunately his stances make too much sense for everyone to realize icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 10, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidI really wish Johnson would be given the time of day, but unfortunately his stances make too much sense for everyone to realize icon_rolleyes.gif

    True. It is refreshing, though, to hear such an unequivocal statement coming from a straight, married man.