CNN’s Chris Cuomo To Rick Santorum: “Why Aren’t You More Like Your Pope” On Gay Marriage?

The GOP Presidential hopeful found himself cornered by Cuomo over his intolerant tone on same-sex marriage compared to Pope Francis.

Republican Presidential candidate and frothy mix of fecal matter and lube Rick Santorum appeared on CNN’s New Day Tuesday morning and found himself trapped by host Chris Cuomo over his forceful objection to gay marriage and intolerance towards the LGBT community. Cuomo grilled Santorum on the matter as the Republican’s platform for election includes pushing for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Catholic ex-Senator wants to push the amendment as an answer to this summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

The CNN host decided to corner Santorum, who has carved out a niche for himself among religious conservatives by fully integrating his Catholicism into his politics, by asking him why he couldn’t be more like Pope Francis and take a live and let live approach to the LGBT community.

“Your pope says tolerance is the message of Catholicism. When asked about gay marriage and LGBT existence within humanity, he says, who am I to judge? That doesn’t work for you. You say you want an amendment that keeps marriage between a man and a woman. Why aren’t you more like your pope?”

Santorum didn’t really like that question, as you would guess. He countered by saying that the pope has always supported the definition of marriage being just between a man and woman. Cuomo countered by reiterating that Pope Francis has stated, “Who am I to judge?” This led to Santorum going into a rambling explanation about how everyone is a sinner, to love the sinner and hate the sin, and that all he really wants to do is bring back the nuclear family in this nation. When pressed by Cuomo about divorce having a far greater impact on the nuclear family than gay marriage, Santorum deflected by saying he’s always talked about the destructiveness of divorce.

It’s just in his opinion, gay marriage will eventually destroy the institution of marriage. That’s all he’s trying to say. Not sure why everyone is getting on his case about it. Sheesh.

Below is video of the exchange, courtesy of Raw Story:

 

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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