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Rick Santorum Faces Most Aggressive Batch of Hecklers Yet: VIDEO


Rick Santorum had a disastrous campaign stop in Manchester, NH today where a group of hecklers continually interrupted his appearance and speech there. The WaPo reports that the group appeared to be "a combination of gay rights activists, Ron Paul supporters and Occupy Wall Street protesters."

The paper adds:

He was interrupted periodically by heckles, particularly one man who shouted every few minutes. “What about equality for the gays?” he yelled at one point and, after Santorum opened with a request for respect, “How much respect for you have for gay people, Rick!”

“Shut up!” Santorum supporters shouted back periodically, one man muttering, “glad he’s not my boyfriend” of the most vocal protester.

Hecklers continued to dog him at a stop in Keene, as can be seen on an AP video. As Santorum left the scene one man can be heard yelling, "Hey Santorum, have you Googled yourself?"

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on the Keene heckling from CBS News:

"I have a question and it's about gay people," asked the first man to be called on at a Santorum town hall meeting here today. "They are children of God too. Do they have the right to marriage? Do they have the right to serve in the military? Should they be treated like any other citizen? Under your presidency, would you protect their rights or would you diminish them?"

Santorum answered that he doesn't believe marriage or serving in the military are inalienable rights, but "privileges," adding, "It's not discrimination not to grant privileges."

A few people jeered him.

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  1. Wait a minute!! The WaPo reports that the group appeared to be "a combination of gay rights activists, Ron Paul supporters and Occupy Wall Street protesters."

    I thought Ron Paul was anti-gay?! ;)

    Posted by: ChrisMe | Jan 7, 2012 12:00:35 PM

  2. The clip mostly highlight a Pauline. Interesting how Towleroad will prop up a Pauline when he makes his target gay-hater Santorum after a barrage of TR posts trying to bring Ron Paul down.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Jan 7, 2012 12:33:00 PM

  3. People such as Alan and Jason who state Obama is on the same level as Rick Santorum are simpletons and quite frankly have a beef with the president that goes beyond just gay rights.

    And yes Jason a woman does and should always have a right to do what she wants with her body! Ugh, gay conservatives are such hypocrites.

    Back on topic, Rick Santorum's group of supporters is an aging and dying breed of individuals. They are the far right that will never change their views when it comes to gay rights. Their views are becoming increasingly irrelevant by the minute.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 7, 2012 12:33:36 PM

  4. Jason you can keep singing that, once again I'll point out
    Obama won't stop you from marrying nor will he take yours from you Unlike your man.
    And YES pro choice is free to abort a child gay or str8

    Posted by: George M | Jan 7, 2012 1:50:23 PM

  5. Most people who are pro-choice are also okay with guidelines and restrictions (e.g., first trimester, later only when he life of the mother is threatened). No one I have ever known who has had an abortion has done it cavalierly or capriciously. The reality of abortion is that it ends a potential life. But it also can save a life, that of the woman already here, already viable, with hopes and dreams and potential.

    I think people are open to restriction because people can be reasonable beings, in the same way that granting marriage equality isn't going to lead to people marrying her toddler, their terrier, or their toaster.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 7, 2012 2:09:18 PM

  6. Ernie,

    Nobody cares about you.

    On the issue of abortion, no, a woman does not have a right to do "whatever she wants to do with her body". As a gay man, I oppose a woman's right to mutilate and destroy another life that is within her for reasons of vanity or inconvenience.

    Before long, these women will be aborting gay babies and having selective abortions in the case of twins where one has the gay gene.

    As a gay man, I would have no hesitation in imprisoning women who do this.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 7, 2012 4:26:50 PM

  7. @Jason, just a polite memo. You have no right telling a woman what to do with her body and you never will. No one cares what you think!

    Your logic is no different from right- wingers that stand from a distance being judgmental towards gays. It's your personal opinion that will never have any influence on what any woman decides to do. Deal with it!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 7, 2012 4:38:40 PM

  8. What about rape? Incest? How about these

    Posted by: George M | Jan 7, 2012 4:40:20 PM

  9. I know, Jason, nobody cares about me. That's why I'm close to my family and have been in a relationship for over 20 years.

    You're pro-life, good for you. I'm pro-choice. You can be pro-life from a principled place, or you can be pro-life from a crazy place, the place we've leaped ahead into when a gay gene is not only known and easily identified but women are aborting fetuses left and right to get rid of their future gay children. The holes in that argument are so numerous it's hard to know where to plug the leaks, but we could start with this: anti-choice and anti-gay often go hand in hand, as do pro-choice and pro-gay (see, both have to do with freedom over one's body, the issues are related, imagine that!), so the wicked ladies most apt to abort their babies in your sci-fi scenario are the ladies most apt to oppose abortion!

    Now you can thank me for giving you a stellar plot for a best-selling fantasy novel, one you might work on in prison when you start taking the law into your own hands. I expect royalties, dude.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 7, 2012 5:03:46 PM

  10. I care about ERNIE. Whoops! Another failed, flawed statement outed. Sorry, JASON.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 7, 2012 5:13:27 PM

  11. And of course, remember to link to... http://spreadingsantorum.com/

    Posted by: Stufromoz | Jan 7, 2012 5:17:00 PM

  12. I care about Ernie too :-)

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 7, 2012 6:23:40 PM

  13. The liberals that are pro-choice are also pro-gay. Why would they abort gay babies?

    It will be hypocritical 'pro-life' conservative women that abort their gay babies, if anyone does it.

    Of course no one will be aborting gay babies due to a gay gene because there is no gay gene. Being gay is biological, but it is due to a complex interaction of multiple genes, hormones, and brain development. It is a developmental process that has epigenetic causes where the pre-natal environment changes the expressions of genes during fetal development.

    There will be a very long time before there will be any test that could determine the orientation of a fetus.

    The idea that people will be aborting gay babies is a psychotic Ann Coulter meme that has no basis in reality anyways.

    Posted by: josh | Jan 7, 2012 8:27:39 PM

  14. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 2009)

    "One half of the victims...often linked their homosexuality to their sexual victimization experiences."

    "The age at the time of the molestation ranged from 4 to 16 with a mean age of 10."

    Posted by: truelite | Jan 7, 2012 11:25:46 PM

  15. "There is no support in the scientific research for the conclusion that homosexuality is biologically determined."

    (A. Byrd, PhD said, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine)

    Peter Dimrock (MSW) said: "Many men who were sexually abused (especially those abused by other men), are confused about their sexual/affectional preference."

    (Male Survivor website)

    W.C. Holmes, MD said:
    "Abused [male] adolescents, particularly those victimized by males, were up to 7 times more likely to self-identify as gay or bisexual..."

    Posted by: truelite | Jan 7, 2012 11:27:21 PM

  16. Being supportive of the basic civil rights of gays and lesbians does not require a belief in the false notion that people are born gay.

    They are not. Homosexuality is caused by emotional trauma - from childhood neglect, abuse, or any number of other traumatic causes.

    If we love someone, we want to see them healed from the trauma, not married.

    In the Netherlands where gay marriage has been accepted for quite awhile now, has seen no decrease in gay suicide - in fact, some studies show an increase.

    If you do not promote healing and choose to ignore it for your own selfish reasons, their blood is on your hands.

    Posted by: truelite | Jan 7, 2012 11:28:21 PM

  17. Gay activist and scientist Simon LeVay said: "It's important to stress what I didn't find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn't show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain." "Gay activism was clearly the force that propelled the APA to declassify homosexuality".

    Posted by: truelite | Jan 7, 2012 11:29:22 PM

  18. "I was involved in the homosexual world as a blatant attempt to obtain the affection from other men that I did not receive from my own father." - Jerry Arterburn, Ex-gay author, AIDS victim.

    "In homosexual men there appears to be a disconnect between them and their fathers as well as an overconnect with them and their mothers...there is the perception of the father being distant, uninvolved..." - Journal of the American

    Medical Association (JAMA) 2009

    Posted by: truelite | Jan 7, 2012 11:29:59 PM

  19. Lesbian activist Camille Paglia said: "Homosexuality is not 'normal.' On the contrary it is a challenge to the norm...Nature exists whether academics like it or not. And in nature, procreation is the single relentless rule. That is the norm. Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction...No one is born gay. The idea is ridiculous..."

    Lesbian activist and biologist Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, referring to the "born gay" argument, said: "It provides a legal argument that is, at the moment actually having some sway in court. For me, it's a very shaky place. It's bad science and bad politics."

    Posted by: truelite | Jan 7, 2012 11:30:32 PM

  20. Author and AIDS victim Jerry Arterburn said: "I was involved in the homosexual world as a blatant attempt to obtain the affection from other men that I did not receive from my own father." Due to his sensitive nature, he was more deeply affected than most boys when his own father rejected him early in life. Without a loving father figure, he yearned for affection from other boys by the age of six. His yearning became sexualized at puberty. He said being abused or severely neglected in childhood was "too common a thread to ignore" in the gay community and his female mannerisms were due to his mother, his only role model. He was NOT born gay. But he was saved and transformed, just as the Bible promises all of us, whether gay or straight, as we submit to Christ by repentance and faith.

    Posted by: letmebme | Jan 7, 2012 11:31:44 PM

  21. Lol we have some new trolls!!! Fun!

    Posted by: George M | Jan 7, 2012 11:52:59 PM

  22. You two clowns know Mary?

    Posted by: George M | Jan 7, 2012 11:57:56 PM

  23. Would Santorum deny gays the priviledge of "paying taxes"?

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jan 8, 2012 12:27:56 AM

  24. Wait she's nothing like you my bad

    Posted by: George M | Jan 8, 2012 12:29:02 AM

  25. GEORGE M - you weren't kidding re: trolls! I remember the opinion of an instructor (also a brilliant neuropsychology researcher) in grad school about JAMA. She stated that JAMA would place in one of the lower tiers, journal-wise, with regard to standards and scientific rigor. But anyway. Posting snippets and opinions and annecdotes, clearly cherry-picked from biased resources, isn't quite the same thing as providing evidence. But what can one expect from someone with the moniker TRUELITE - the whole truth? Nah. Just enough flavor to make it seem like the real thing, but no real substance.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 8, 2012 2:43:04 AM

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