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Santorum compares gay marriage to polygamy

Rick Santorum was booed offstage today, after he compared same-sex marriage to polygamy at the College Convention 2012 in New Hampshire.

“If you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that O.K.?” asked Santorum.

Rick Santorum lost the Iowa Caucus to Mitt Romney by only eight votes this week. But when the New York Times did a profile on him, the newspaper wrote that Santorum continues to battle Google over his name. Eight years ago, Santorum said that states should have the right to regulate homosexual sex just as they would bestiality. “That is not to pick on homosexuality,” Santorum said. “It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog.”

In response, Dan Savage created a website which defines Santorum as, "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex." If you Google Santorum, it is the first website on the list. Santorum’s complaints about the website have driven greater traffic to it, as has the attention of “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report,” which both featured segments on the definition last night.

Santorum is the most socially conservative candidate running for the Republican nomination for President. He is against federal funding for contraception, supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and is a strong opponent of abortion.

Raised a strict Catholic, Santorum was an alter boy in rural, lower-middle class Pennsylvania. His father was an Italian immigrant psychologist at a VA hospital and his mother was the head nurse. “You had to be on your deathbed to miss a Sunday mass,” said his brother Dan Santorum to the New York Times.

Santorum eventually went to law school and won a congressional seat in 1990. The campaign didn’t stand out for it’s social conservatism. Santorum drew early attention as part of the “gang of seven,” a group of freshmen who exposed congressmen who kited checks. In 1994, Santorum won a senate seat.

But it wasn’t until 1996, after his son Gabriel died after a premature birth, that Santorum became the social conservative that he is today, and was instrumental in banning partial-birth abortions and limiting stem cell research.

Santorum lost his senate seat in 2006, after closely aligning himself with a failing Bush presidency and has been considered an improbably candidate until his Iowa surge.

Santorum marks the beginning of his rise in the polls to the decision to start wearing sweater-vests. “If there was one event that really began the moment, it was that speech,” Santorum said. “So all the sudden the sweater vest was like, ‘Fear the vest,’” Santorum told the radio host Laura Ingraham.

 

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