Santorum: Gay Marriage is Anti-Nature, Like Changing ‘Chemical Equation for Water’ From H20 to H30

By Michael W. Chapman | January 11, 2016 | 4:28 PM EST

Former U.S. Senator Rick 

Santorum.  (AP)

Relying on the natural law, former Senator Rick Santorum argued that the undeniable sexual complementarity between men and women excludes the notion of homosexual “marriage,” and that to seek to redefine marriage, at the state level or nationally, is as unnatural as redefining the chemical formula for water from H20 to H30 – it doesn’t work.

“Look, I’m very proud of the conservative record I’ve put together,” Sen. Santorum said during a Jan. 7 interview on the Simon Conway Show. “There’s no one who’s fought more on moral and cultural issues.”  

“I’m not a libertarian,” he said.  “There are people in this race that want the states to decide whether there should be same-sex marriage or polygamy or marijuana use. I don’t believe that.”

“I don’t believe that the states have the right to redefine something that’s not capable of redefining,” said the senator.

“For me, when you say the states have the right to define marriage, it’s like saying, well, the states have the right to redefine the chemical equation for water, it can be H3O instead of H2O,” said Santorum. 

“Well, the states can’t do that,” he continued.  “Why? Because nature dictates what water is, nature dictates what marriage is, and the states don’t have the right to violate what nature has dictated.”

Santorum, who is Catholic, is echoing the natural law position of the Catholic Church on marriage  As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have explained, “The natural structure of human sexuality makes man and woman complementary partners for the transmission of human life. Only a union of male and female can express the sexual complementarity willed by God for marriage. 

“In marriage, husband and wife give themselves totally to each other in their masculinity and femininity. They are equal as human beings but different as man and woman, fulfilling each other through this natural difference. This unique complementarity makes possible the conjugal bond that is the core of marriage.”

A homosexual union is not equivalent to marriage, states the Church, because it is not naturally possible.

“For several reasons a same-sex union contradicts the nature of marriage: It is not based on the natural complementarity of male and female; it cannot cooperate with God  to create new life; and the natural purpose of sexual union cannot be achieved by a same-sex union,” states the USCCB

“Persons in same-sex unions cannot enter into a true conjugal union. Therefore, it is wrong to equate their relationship to a marriage.”

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman