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Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and "Sexual Orientation"

Mitt Romney's defense of his 1994 quotes about gay rights should have been reassuring to moderate voters. He used the term "sexual orientation"--meaning you're born this way, to quote Lady Gaga. He didn't say "lifestyle," a la Michele Bachmann with the suggestion that they've gone horribly astray in terms of behavior that can be corrected. By not only opposing gay marriage but favoring a constitutional amendment to ban it nationwide, he's taken a stand that's at odds with his own support of devolving power to the states. 

Santorum did himself some good when he was asked what he'd say if his son came to him and said he was gay. "I would love him as much as I did the second before he said it. And I would try to do everything I can to be as good a father to him as possible," Santorum said. Humanity and tolerance help even if the tone was at odds with his somewhat baroque comparison between polygamy and gay marriage

It's interesting that even in a Republican primary it's untoward to say you favor discriminating against gays in employment--even if that is, in fact, the law in much of the country. Santorum may have a pre-1965 view of states' rights and contraceptives but no one in national politics wants to look mean.


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