Rick ‘Man-Dog Sex’ Santorum actually kinda sorta backing away from overt gay-bashing

When Rick Santorum, the man who once lamented that not throwing gays in jail would lead to man-dog sex (apparently, Saturday nights are pretty wild over there in the Santorum family), now seems to be seriously ratcheting down the anti-gay talk in order to run for president.

I believe if two adults of the same sex want to have a relationship that is their business.

Sounds nice. But then read the rest of the quote:

But when they ask society to give that relationship special recognition and privileges, then we should be able to have a rational debate about whether that is good public policy.

That’s the kinder and gentler way of arguing ‘special rights.’ Still, Santorum doesn’t even go so far as to condemn the “special recognition.” Rather, he says that we should have a rational debate as to whether it’s good public policy. Not morality, he doesn’t mention that, just public policy. And, he doesn’t take a position either way on whether it is good public policy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Santorum is a sanctimonious far-right fire-breather evangelical nut. But even someone as bigoted as Santorum feels the need to back away from the gay-bashing. Add that to the weak response from many GOP presidential candidates to the announcement that the administration would no longer defend DOMA in court, and the weak response from GOP House Speaker Boehner himself, and you have a clear cultural shift going on.

It’s no longer cool to be anti-gay. Even if you’re a guy named after something awfully NOT SAFE FOR WORK.


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