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Rick Santorum: Christian bakers making cakes for gays is like forcing gays to make ‘God Hates Fags’ signs

Rick Santorum: Christian bakers making cakes for gays is like forcing gays to make ‘God Hates Fags’ signs

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

Speaking on CBS’ Meet the Nation Santorum said compelling a Christian baker who disapproved of same-sex marriage to make a cake for a gay wedding would be like asking a gay owned printer to produce signs with homophobic slogans on them.

‘Tolerance is a two-way street … If you are a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print "God Hates Fags" for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up?’ Santorum told CBS.

‘Should the government force you to do that? And that’s what these [Christian baker] cases are all about. This is about the government coming and say, no, we’re going to make you do this. And this is where I think we just need some space to say, let’s have some tolerance, have it be a two-way street.’

Santorum said that discriminating against someone by not participating in a project that went against their faith was a different category of discrimination to discriminating against someone because of bigotry towards a particular kind of person.

‘How do we deal with that in respecting people on both sides of the issues?’ Santorum said.

‘I think that’s where you have to differentiate between discrimination against the person because of who they are and discrimination [because of] unwillingness to participate in actions because they’re inconsistent with your religious beliefs.’

When asked if he had plans to run for president again Santorum said he didn’t have any announcements to make ‘today’ but said he expected that there would be ‘seventeen or eighteen other folk’ going through the same process of deciding whether to put their hat in the ring.