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Santorum’s Wife: Equality Advocates Are “Bullying”

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

Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, defended her husband’s anti-gay rhetoric in South Carolina yesterday during a town hall-style press event. According to the Advocate, Karen Santorum weighed in on a question from an audience member with a gay son who was struggling to square her support for Santorum with his caustic rhetoric about LGBT people.

Karen Santorum answered the woman: “We all love our kids unconditionally…I think it's very sad [what] the gay activists have done out there…A lot of it is backyard bullying.”

Santorum’s wife continued, saying “We’ll ask them to give an example [of how Santorum is anti-LGBT] and they can’t even provide one example.”

We can provide some examples. Her husband’s insistence on comparing marriage equality to polygamy or even inanimate objects like cars, trees, tea cups, basketballs, beer, napkins and paper towels. Two weeks ago in New Hampshire, Santorum was met with boos when again declaring marriage equality was akin to polygamy: “If you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that O.K.?” 

Another example might be the time Santorum said allowing committed, loving same-sex couples to have their own family was tantamount to "robbing children of something they need, they deserve, they have a right to,” adding that it was preferable for a child to have a father in jail rather than be raised by two loving mothers. And there’s the time he told an openly gay soldier he would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because "any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military."

Watch the exchange for yourself, courtesy of C-SPAN:

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