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Santorum Exits the Race; Anti-LGBT Rhetoric Remains in Play

Earlier today, Rick Santorum made the long-expected announcement that he will no longer pursue the Republican nomination for the White House.

Santorum’s anti-LGBT extremism will not be missed from the race, but his departure leaves us to focus on the not-so-different positions of his one-time competitor Mitt Romney.

In one striking show of anti-LGBT solidarity, Romney joined Santorum and his fellow GOP candidates in signing NOM’s anti-gay “Marriage Pledge.” The pledge calls on candidates to vigorously support the Defense of Marriage Act, push for a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, repeal marriage equality in the nation’s capital, appoint anti-equality judges, and form a McCarthy-like commission to look into alleged incidents of harassment against NOM supporters.

We’ve documented Romney’s disturbing (and ever-changing) record on LGBT issues on our interactive Mitt N’ Match site. Romney may not share Santorum’s outspoken anti-gay vitriol, but in his efforts to court support from far-right extremists, we’ve seen him throw the LGBT community under the bus time and again.

You can learn more about Gov. Romney’s anti-LGBT record at www.mittnmatch.com.

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