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May 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Santorum would ‘of course’ fight same-sex marriage ruling
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday he’d “of course” fight a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage if the decision — which is expected to come down next month — overturns state prohibitions on same-sex nuptials.
The former U.S senator from Pennsylvania, who declared his 2016 candidacy for the White House last week, made the comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when moderator Chuck Todd asked the candidate if he’d accept the ruling, or would fight it.
“Of course, I’d fight it,” Santorum said. “Roe versus Wade was decided 30-some years ago and I continue to fight that because I think the court got it wrong. I think if the court decides this case in error, I will continue to fight as we have on the issue of life. That’s the role of the citizenry. We’re not bound by what nine people say in perpetuity.”
Santorum, who’s known for his opposition to same-sex marriage, didn’t enumerate the way in which he’d seek to fight the court decision, although in the past he’s championed a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Other potential Republican 2016 hopefuls who’ve articulated support for a federal marriage amendment are Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has said she won’t support a U.S. constitutional amendment on the issue.
But Santorum distanced himself from comments made by fellow Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who said the states could ignore a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
“I think it’s important to understand that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the final word, it has its word, its word has validity, but it’s important for Congress and the president, frankly, to push back when the Supreme Court gets it wrong,” Santorum said.
Asked to clarify his comments, Santorum said he wouldn’t advocate civil disobedience in the event of a court ruling for marriage equality, but would urge opponents of same-sex marriage to work to overturn a court ruling against them.
“I don’t advocate civil disobedience,” Santorum said. “I do advocate the role of an informed citizenry to try to overturn when a court makes a mistake and gets an issue wrong.”
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