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Romney, Santorum Take Iowa Caucus

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Yesterday’s Iowa caucus resulted in a virtual tie between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum – both of whom have signed NOM’s Marriage Pledge. Romney took 24.6 percent of the vote with Santorum just a few votes behind, taking 24.5 percent.

The anti-gay pledge both candidates signed binds them to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and pursue a federal marriage amendment, appoint anti-gay judges, rescind the right of loving and committed same-sex couples to marry in the nation’s capital, and establish a McCarthy-like commission to investigate phony allegations of “harassment” against NOM supporters.

Santorum has made anti-gay rhetoric a cornerstone of his campaign. He has called the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” a “social experiment” and has vowed to reinstate the discriminatory ban. He is vehemently anti-marriage equality, has blasted the very existence of LGBT families, and has voted against hate crimes measures that include sexual orientation at various points during his time as a lawmaker.

Romney has become increasingly anti-LGBT as he seeks the GOP nomination. The candidate who once framed himself as a friend of the LGBT community when seeking political office in Massachusetts has since veered far to the right to win support from anti-LGBT groups, on issues from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to federal workplace protections.

Romney and Santorum’s anti-gay views put them out of the mainstream - by strong majorities, Americans support equal protections for LGBT people under the law. Whether the issue is marriage equality, workplace protections, discrimination or hate crimes – the views of these two candidates are firmly to the right of the average American.

Continue checking Back Story as primary season unfolds for the latest on the candidates, their positions on LGBT issues and their ties to anti-gay groups.

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