Rick Santorum Says He Will Fight Supreme Court Over Gay Marriage

On Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, talked to NBC's "Meet the Press" saying that the Supreme Court "does not have the final word" on legalizing gay marriage. He also said "Of course I'd fight it. Roe versus Wade was decided 30 some years ago, and I continue to fight that, because I think the court got it wrong. And I think if the court decides this case in error, I will continue to fight, as we have on the issue of life ... We're not bound by what nine people say in perpetuity." He then added "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."

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Obergefell v. Hodges, a case involving whether or not state bans on marriage equality are constitutional. More than likely, the court will rule in favor of marriage equality when the decision is announced sometime in June. After its landmark decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 in 2013, the court has refused to hear a number of appeals on state marriage equality bans, and in oral arguments, justices cited the growing public opinion in favor of gay marriage.

Although, several in the GOP presidential field have argued that state legislatures, not courts, should be making these types of decisions. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) even introduced a constitutional amendment protecting states that define marriage as between a man and a woman. Santorum went on to say "I just felt like as a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith. I would love them and support them, but I would not participate in that ceremony."

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