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More Hateful Than You: The Sad Candidacy of Rick Santorum

February 3, 2012

Straight men have always been able to agree about one thing when it comes to homosexuality: two attractive women kissing = awesome.

Beyond that, though, we haven’t historically been able to claim, as a community, the most open-minded stances about same-sex attraction.

Fortunately, our attitudes seem to be trending in the right direction. More and more of us understand that it’s not a choice. We believe everyone deserves to experience romantic love, no matter who it’s with. We realize that speaking of ‘sexual preference’ is as silly as saying “My preference is to breathe air instead of water.” And even if we’re not 100% comfortable with gay affection of the non-hot-lesbian variety, we can recognize that that’s our problem and not theirs.

But it’s not all peaches and designer sunglasses just yet.

Some rich white men have been in the news lately because they’re competing for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Among them is Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania Senator and presently committed homophobe. When he’s not obsessing over gay sex, suggesting that women impregnated by rapists should “make the best out of a bad situation,” or warning of “the dangers of contraception in this country” (even for married couples), Mr. Santorum runs on a platform of, um… hmmmm.

He might have opinions about actual governance, but it doesn’t even matter what else he claims to stand for. His hateful and ignorant ideas about human sexuality are all you need to know about him. Even if he had a plan to end unemployment, reform our educational system, and fuel our vehicles with the Holy Spirit, those still don’t balance out his considerable negatives. Supporting him is akin to saying, “Yeah, I know he’s a horrible racist and he wants to outlaw vaccinations for children, but I really like his take on the deficit.”

Sadly, he does have his supporters. No, he doesn’t stand a chance of winning the nomination—Mitt “Metro Man” Romney and Newt “Newt” Gingrich are the only horses in that race—but the fact that he’s even sputtering a distant third suggests there’s still plenty of prejudice to go around.

That will continue to change, over time, but it’s going to require the voice of real men. So, for you the Patriot, I offer a briefly amended 2012 political goal:

1. Vote.

a. Don’t vote for Rick Santorum.

b. Do something “gay”—wear a bright color, buy some facial moisturizer, whatever—and if some Neanderthal makes a snide comment, call him on it. Tell him someone you love is gay (which is true, even if you don’t know who) and you don’t appreciate his ignorance.

c. If he seems unrepentant, invite him to have sex with himself. Or kill himself. Either works.

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