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Rick Santorum now wishes he had never compared homosexuality to bestiality

Rick Santorum now wishes he had never compared homosexuality to bestiality

Former US Senator Rick Santorum now regrets ever making the slippery slope argument when it comes to homosexuality.

Back in 2003, Santorum infamously made the claim that if people were allowed legally to have any kind of consensual sex other than heterosexual sex, it could lead to a legal ruling allowing ‘man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.’

‘I wish I had never said that,’ Santorum said Wednesday (22 July) in an interview with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.

‘It was a flippant comment that should not have come out of my mouth,’ said Santorum who finished second to Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2012.

He added: ‘But the substance of what I said – which is what I referred to – I stand by that. I don’t — I wish I had not said it in the flippant term that I did. And I know people were offended by it and I wish I hadn’t said it.’

Santorum has made many anti-gay comments in recent years from opposing same-sex marriage and allowing gays in the Boy Scouts of America, among other topics.

Maddow, who is an out lesbian, also asked Santorum if he believes homosexuality is a choice.

‘You know, I’ve never answered that question because I don’t really know the answer to that question,’ he said. ‘But I suspect that there’s all sorts of reasons that people end up the way they are. And I’ll sort of leave it at that.’

Then he added: ‘There are people alive who identified themselves as gay and lesbian and they no longer are.’

Santorum is finishing near the bottom of the polls in what is a crowded Republican field which is currently being led by Donald Trump.