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Santorum responds to SCOTUS marriage decision

Rick Santorum -- PrezographyFrom Press Release

 

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen.Rick Santorum (R-PA) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine the institution of marriage.

“Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input.  Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate.  The Court is one of three co-equal branches of government and, just as they have in cases from Dred Scott to Plessy, the Court has an imperfect track record.  The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.

“But leaders don’t accept bad decisions that they believe harm the country, they have the courage of their convictions and lead the country down the better path. Marriage, the family and our children are too central to a healthy society to not fight for what is best. I realized that fact early on and that is why I lead the charge against some in my own party in 2004 to ensure the Federal Marriage Amendment received a vote and I continue to stand for marriage, for families, for freedom.

“As President, I will be committed to using the bully pulpit of the White House to lead a national discussion on the importance to our economy and our culture of mothers and fathers entering into healthy marriages so that every child is given their birthright- to be raised by their mother and father in a stable, loving home.  I will stand for the preservation of religious liberty and conscience, to believe what you are called to believe free from persecution.  And I will ensure that the people will have a voice in decisions that impact the rock upon which our civilization is built.”