Santorum rally interrupted by two kissing men

Rick Santorum rally interrupted by two men kissing

Santorum rally interrupted by two kissing men
17 March 2012

Two men interrupted a Rick Santorum rally by kissing.

Yesterday (16 March) the Republican presidential candidate was speaking at Christian Liberty Academy. located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In the middle of the former senator's speech, Timothy Tross and Ben Clifford stood up and shared a kiss. The pair were escorted out of the building by security.

'I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is,' Tross said, as reported by Patch. 'It’s the message that he’s saying about sexuality that matters.'

Santorum's campaign promises on LGBT equality are long and troubled. He supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions,  and promises to reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. These anti-gay stances equal what he's preached in the past. As pointed out by the New York Times, in 2003 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.'

BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray argues the senator's connection to gay rights was formed in a 2003 interview when he compared gay marriage to bestiality.

'Meanwhile the issue [gay marriage], a promising wedge in the mid-2000s, has lost its charge on the right while the broad public grows more comfortable with a spectrum of gay rights leading up to marriage. And yet Santorum has found himself handcuffed to the issue. His social conservatism – particularly his opposition to abortion – helped win him Iowa. But as he has tried to broaden his message and talk about the economy, he’s found himself trapped in the complex and entertaining politics of gay rights, a prisoner of the gays.'

As Gray notes, he's a conservative warrior on other cultural issues. He proudly announced President John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on the separation of church and state made him want to 'throw up.'  He finds it 'remarkable' a black man such as President Barack Obama supports abortion rights. Santorum thinks contraception is 'a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,' and plans to use the White House as a platform to spread this message.

As reported by a Rasmussen Reports poll, Santorum is second in the upcoming Illinois primary (20 March). Governor Mitt Romney leads at 41 percent and the senator trails at 32.

Yet, the polling also shows 'lots of voters are still trying to decide in the final days before the state’s GOP [Grand Old Party] primary.'

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