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Santorum: Obama wrong to cite Jesus in gay marriage shift

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Thursday that President Obama is wrong to suggest that Jesus Christ would be on his side in his newfound support for gay marriage and predicted the president’s shifting position will motivate social conservatives to head to the polls this fall.

“I assume people are entitled to their Christian beliefs, but they are not entitled to take the Bible and twist it to where it is unrecognizable — and that is certainly what the president did yesterday,” Mr. Santorum said during an appearance on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show.

Mr. Obama on Wednesday cited his Christian faith as a driving force behind the “evolution” of his thinking on gay marriage.

“When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” Mr. Obama told ABC News’ Robin Roberts on Wednesday.

Mr. Santorum, a Catholic, surprised many by emerging as Mitt Romney’s strongest primary challenger, thanks in large part to the backing he received from evangelical and born-again Christians who were attracted to his steadfast support of traditional marriage and opposition to abortion.

Mr. Santorum on Thursday pointed to the approval by North Carolina voters of a constitutional amendment effectively banning same-sex marriage as proof that the president is on the wrong side of the issue.

“Every time you see this issue come to the fore, it is a mobilizing factor for people who believe in truth and basic institutions of our country,” Mr. Santorum said, applauding Mr. Romney for coming out Wednesday against same-sex marriage.

“I’m hopeful that [Mr. Romney] understands the power of these issues,” Mr. Santorum said.

“I think it will hopefully drive turnout in this general election and put the social issues front and center,” he added.

However, another prominent Catholic, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said she reads her faith to
embrace gay marriage.

“My religion has — compels me, and I love it for it, to be against discrimination of any kind in our country. And I consider this a form of discrimination,” she said. “I think yesterday was a great day for America because the president, in a very personal as well as presidential way, made history.”

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