Santorum Warns Gay Marriage Will Spark "Devastating" Discussion Of Gender In Schools

June 29, 2011 3:37 pm ET — Julia Krieger

Rick Santorum

GOP presidential long shot Rick Santorum is no stranger to anti-gay rhetoric, but in the wake of New York's legalization of same-sex marriage Santorum has been on a tear, ranting that gay marriage 'cheapens marriage' and 'undermines faith' and imploring Iowans to "Please join me in saving America."

Speaking at a press conference Monday, Santorum said same-sex marriage is "going to have a devastating impact on our children," illustrating his point by discussing a couple who say their second-grader has to deal with transgender children in the class. Therefore, he claims, with the legalization of gay marriage, children will be "forced" to discuss gender issues, which will be "devastating."

SANTORUM: [T]here are going to be profound impacts on children, both from the standpoint of what now they're going to be talking about in school. I was, you know, with a couple this weekend who live in Vermont and they have a similar situation up in Vermont and you know, their second-grader has to come home and deal with transgender children who are, you know, talking about transgender issues in second grade. These are things that are going to have a profound impact on children. When children are going to start — you know, are going to be forced to be taught about all of these issues that come with the implementation of gay marriage. It's going to be — it's going to have a devastating impact on our children, it's going to have a devastating impact on families, and it's going to have a profound impact on religious liberties.

Santorum went on to say people who support gay marriage "haven't thought through the consequences" of supporting "quote, equality." Although Santorum claims to believe in the dignity of every person "because of course we are all created equal," this equality apparently doesn't apply to "quote" gay people or "quote" gender issues.

Recently, Santorum said the president's decision not to defend DOMA is "absurd" and that "the free exercise of religion will be eviscerated." He also said that gay marriage does a disservice to society and would "defy nature." In a presidential debate, he argued the judiciary "has no right to redefine" marriage.

But when it comes to faulty or vitriolic arguments on this issue, Santorum is a repeat offender. He has compared gay relationships to bestiality, incest, and polygamy, and said Catholic priests who molest children are exhibiting "a basic homosexual relationship."