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Santorum Says: I Have Gay Friends Whose Decision I Respect

19 August 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire

One of the most racist thing that someone can say is “I do not hate Blacks, some of my best friends are Black.” There are two possible ways of reading this statement. Either the person in question is lying about having Black friends, or they care so little for their friends that they would say and do things that are blatantly racist and, thus, showing themselves to be insensitive bigots. This is the problem that faces Rick Santorum right now.

Oh, I am not saying that Santorum is racist, but he keeps trying to say that he has gay friends, and on FOX News today, Megan Kelly gave the former Pennsylvania Senator an opportunity to explain that he does not hate lesbians and gays, but that he respects their “decision”.

Even if homosexuality was a decision- which scientists have shown pretty well it is not- trying to vilify lesbians and gays, denigrating their relationships through awkward and idiotic analogies, and insisting that there be laws banning homosexuality and same-sex marriage in this country is not respecting anyone’s “decision.” That would be like saying “some of my best friends are Jewish” while also trying to ban circumcisions being performed on religious grounds, talking about how Jews sacrifice babies on their altars, and banning marriages performed by rabbis.

Santorum stated that “You also have to respect me for feeling very differently for trying to take that orientation and then trying to project that agenda on to the American public that is consistent with that.” The thing is, a growing majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, support homosexuality being legal, and feel that lesbians and gays are not a threat to anyone. The person who is out of touch with the people of the United States is Rick Santorum.

Here is the clip via ThinkProgress:

Respecting someone also means that you are, at least, open to hearing them out and listening to what they say. It also means that you do not sit there and claim that allowing them to be who they are will lead to “man on dog sex” or any of the other absurd and downright wrong things that Santorum has said.

Santorum’s views about homosexuality come from his religion. I can respect that. That does not mean that I agree with him or anyone else that should be using their religion to write laws. Among the guiding principles of what should and should not be considered illegal in the United States is the notion of “does this harm someone else?” Murder, rape, child molestation, theft- these are all crimes that hurt someone else. Being gay and being open about being gay hurts no one.

Oh, and Rick, just because you are friends with the people from GOProud does not mean you have gay friends. The rest of us don’t really think of them as being gay.

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One Response to Santorum Says: I Have Gay Friends Whose Decision I Respect

  1. Cheryl D Millard

    August 20, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Rick if you do not agree with Homosexuality then don’t have same sex encounters or relationships, but don’t force others do do the same quoting the bible or these mis placed standards of morality , there is nothing wrong or immoral with same sex relationships, these are people with feelings that need the same legal protection and rights that every straight person including myself takes for granted. For an intelligent man you sure seem to have more ignorance than should be legally allowed, To your LGBT friends you must appear to be more of a fair weather friend than someone to be counted on.