Black challenges Santorum to take his views to court

Playwright Dustin Lance Black would like to see Rick Santorum utter his LGBT opinions on a witness chair

Black challenges Santorum to take his views to court
11 March 2012

Former Sen. Rick Santorum has a history of making proclamations about gays and lesbians. Writer Dustin Lance Black challenged the presidential candidate to repeat those ideas in a courtroom.

Black was interviewed on 'What's Trending' to discuss his play '8'. The drama chronicles California's Proposition 8, and the court cases to have it overturned.

The writer is certain the talking points about gay marriage, that are repeated in the GOP presidential primary, would not stand scrutiny under cross-examination.

'I would love to call them into court and get them to raise their right hand. I think each of them—if they said what they’ve been saying in these debates, they would be perjuring themselves, because there is no proof for what they are saying,' Black said as reported by Gay.net. 'There are no facts to back it up. The things they’re saying—the hateful things, the stereotypes, and lies that we’ve heard for generations—fall apart. So I dare Rick Santorum to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth, and say the things he’s been saying about gay people.'

While none of the remaining GOP primary hopefuls have been particularly positive about gay rights (minus libertarian Ron Paul), Santorum's positions stand out for their forceful rhetoric. As pointed out by the New York Times,  in a 2003 GQ interview the then Pennsylvania senator hinted he would suggest celibacy to a theoretical LGBT child.

'I would try to point out to them what is the right thing to do. And we have many temptations to do things we shouldn’t do. It doesn’t mean you have to submit.'

While campaigning in New Hampshire, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, Santorum listed an unnamed study that said 'even fathers in jail who had abandoned their kids were still better than no father at all to have in their children's lives.'

Gay Star News contacted the Santorum campaign for the name, and author, of the report but received no response.

The winner of last night's  Kansas caucus also supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions,  and promises to reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

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