Santorum Attacks 'Rogue Circuit' that Struck Down Proposition 8


Conventional wisdom has held that economic issues -- and not social ones -- would dominate the 2012 election cycle. But with a panel of federal judges deciding on Tuesday in a 2-1 decision on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that Proposition 8 -- a measure approved by California votes to recognize only traditional marriage in the Golden State -- was unconstitutional, social issues have bounced back into the presidential race.

During his time in the U.S. Senate, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum earned a reputation as one of the leading social conservatives on the national political stage and he tore into the decision late on Tuesday.

"Today's decision by the 9th Circuit is another in a long line of radical activist rulings by this rogue circuit -- and it is precisely why I have called for that circuit to be abolished and split up,” Santorum said. “Marriage is defined and has always been defined as 'one man and one woman.' We simply cannot allow 50 different definitions of marriage.

“The people of California spoke clearly at the ballot box that they wanted marriage defined in the traditional manner of one man and one woman. And for a court, any court, to usurp the power and will of the people in this manner on an issue this fundamental to the foundation of our society is wrong,” added Santorum. “We need to have a judicial branch that acts within its constitutional bounds. We need to have a president that is willing to stand up to the judiciary. We need to have a president who will fight to protect marriage once and for all with a federal marriage amendment. I am committed to being that president."

Having won contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on Tuesday night, Santorum now heads to Texas to campaign on Wednesday.
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