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Santorum’s Archaic Anti-Gay Message Rolls into Washington State

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

Rick Santorum is bringing his increasingly vitriolic campaign to Washington State today, the same day Gov. Christine Gregoire is signing into law historic marriage equality legislation. Santorum’s archaic anti-gay rhetoric stands in stark contrast to the momentum for marriage that has swept the state in recent months. Just two weeks ago, Santorum told a gay man in Missouri that he didn’t deserve the “privilege” of marriage because same-sex relationships didn’t “benefit society like a marriage between a man and a woman.”

Washington’s marriage equality legislation passed with bipartisan support. Nationally, polling shows over 50 percent of Americans support marriage equality. Santorum has seen first-hand how increasingly archaic his messages are – his anti-gay rhetoric has been met with boos and challenges at times on the campaign trail.

According to the Seattle Times, Santorum will hold a meeting today at an Olympia church before a 7pm PT event at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Santorum doesn’t have just policy differences with LGBT equality advocates – instead, he often goes after LGBT people on a more insidious level. He has compared marriage equality to polygamy and inanimate objects like cars, trees, and basketballs. Santorum also has criticized LGBT families and adoption by saying it is preferable for children to have a father in jail instead of two gay parents. He’s called the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) a “tragic social experiment.” Santorum’s legislative work also was aimed at making life difficult for LGBT Americans – he voted against both hate crimes protections and workplace equality legislation.

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