Report: Santorum’s Communications Director is “Openly Gay”

RtPageOneQ is reporting that Robert Traynham, communications director for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, has told them he is “an out gay man who completely supports the Senator.”

From PageOneQ:

“When asked how a gay man could speak for one of the nation’s most notorious homophobes, Traynham, left, protested that has ‘been with the Senator for eight years.’ Traynham went on to say ‘Senator Santorum is a man of principle, he is a man who sticks up for what he believes in, I strongly do support Senator Santorum.'”

Santorum equated homosexuality with bestiality in an April 2003 interview: “Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that’s what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.”

Santorum has been a strong supporter of the Federal Marriage Amendment and believes that gays and lesbians should not be able to express physical love towards one another: “I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.”

In the past week, Santorum has come under fire for his comments regarding the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church, suggesting that Boston’s “basic liberal attitude” fostered an environment where these kinds of abuses could occur.

Yet, if PageOneQ’s allegations are true, we have a gay man supporting Senator Santorum at the highest levels. And we wonder why achieving equality is so difficult!

Posted July 14, 2005 at 7:14pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Current Affairs