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Rick Santorum Tells Boy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball

As Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign sputters to an end, he’s going back to one of his favorite activities – making ignorant comments about anything that doesn’t fit his narrow worldview.

At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin today, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball: “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.” Santorum went on to say “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls.”

The comments were tweeted by Reuters reporter Sam Youngman.

Santorum’s anti-LGBT record speaks for itself: in addition to his frequent and vitriolic remarks about issues like marriage equality or LGBT families, he consistently voted against workplace protections while serving in the U.S. Senate, and was an early and vocal supporter of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

The incident occurs the day after HRC released previously confidential documents outlining NOM’s strategy to use race baiting and scare tactics as a means of attacking issues of LGBT equality. The documents revealed a direct link between Santorum and NOM – he agreed to help the anti-LGBT organization engage activists and fundraise for their anti-marriage causes. Maggie Gallagher has endorsed Santorum for president.

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