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In looking at all of the Republican presidential candidates

As LGBT and allies, we can scratch one from the field: Rick Santorum.

(An excerpt from a letter/email from faithinamerica.info...)

Not only was it heart breaking to hear the crowd in Orlando at last night’s
GOP debate boo when openly gay soldier Steven Hill asked the following
question:

"In 2010 when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was, because
I'm a gay soldier and I didn't want to lose my job. My question is, under
one of your presidencies do you intend to circumvent the progress that's
been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?"

But equally as mind-boggling to hear Rick Santorum’s response. For a man
who is for our current war in Iraq, it was [as] if Santorum was booing the
soldier, himself. No shushing the crowd or even taking a minute to thank
the soldier who has put his life on the line to protect our country. The
person on the end of that question, to Santorum, was not a person at all,
but a symbol of sex and a lifestyle his religion not only does not condone,
but condemns.

Please see the transc[r]ipt below:
SANTORUM: Yeah, I — I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely
no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to
include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize
a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- to -- and removing
"don't ask/don’t tell" I think tries to inject social policy into the
military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend
our country.
We need to give the military, which is all-volunteer, the ability to do so
in a way that is most efficient at protecting our men and women in uniform.
(APPLAUSE)
And I believe this undermines that ability.
(APPLAUSE)
MEGYN KELLY of Fox News: So what -- what -- what would you do with soldiers
like Stephen Hill? I mean, he's — now he's out. He's — you know, you saw his
face on camera. When he first submitted this video to us, it was without his
face on camera. Now he's out. So what would you do as president?
SANTORUM: I think it's -- it's -- it's -- look, what we're doing is playing
social experimentation with -- with our military right now. And that's
tragic.
I would -- I would just say that, going forward, we would -- we would
reinstitute that policy, if Rick Santorum was president, period.
That policy would be reinstituted. And as far as people who are in -- in --
I would not throw them out, because that would be unfair to them because of
the policy of this administration, but we would move forward in -- in
conformity with what was happening in the past, which was, sex is not an
issue. It is -- it should not be an issue. Leave it alone, keep it -- keep
it to yourself, whether you’re a heterosexual or a homosexual.

(end of excerpt)

So to Rick, repeal of DADT means sexual activity.

"And the fact that they're making a point to
include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize
a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- to -- and removing ..."

No, please Rick, finish the thought. What were you going to say just then?

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