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Two Men Kiss, Get Booted From Santorum Rally: VIDEO

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Rick Santorum was 15 minutes into his very gloomy speech in the Grace Gym at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, IL, when -- suddenly! From the bleachers!

"Mic check! Mr. Santorum! Mr. Santorum!"

And the crowd's heads turned, and a storm of booing filled the gymnasium's air as two men stood and kissed, rather langurously. The crowd was grossed out. The booing coalesced into a chant of "USA! USA! USA!" as the kissers -- Timothy Tross and Ben Clifford -- were escorted from the building. 

It's unclear if the men are gay, or if they were straights out to make a political point. From the Palatine Patch:

“I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is,” Tross said. “It’s the message that he’s saying about sexuality that matters.”

Watch a hunk of Santorum's speech, complete with interruption, AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

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  1. What an icky speech. It deserved to be interrupted. "Entitlement" programs are Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits. You know, the programs that take care of us when we are down and out.

    Posted by: lessthan | Mar 17, 2012 11:18:22 AM


  2. If the crowd was "grossed out", then why do they all seem to be laughing and/or smiling, while one of the guys is taking a photo?

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 17, 2012 11:40:28 AM


  3. Rick:

    I think the noise makes it pretty clear how the crowd felt. As to the guy taking the picture -- well, people do take pictures of things that gross them out, but in this case the photographer is part of the kissers' party. He, too, is escorted out of the event by security, along with the kissers and one other person.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorpp | Mar 17, 2012 11:49:51 AM


  4. Freedom??? For everyone? Oh, only the freedom you want for a select group.

    What a horrible, horrible, little man.

    Posted by: Casper | Mar 17, 2012 11:57:28 AM


  5. I'm sorry, but I don't understand what the point of that was other than to appear on YouTube.

    What were they intending to do other than to incite the crowd and turn more conservatives against us (since it would only confirm their beliefs about the "disrespectfulness" and "depravity" of queer people)?

    Posted by: Smokey | Mar 17, 2012 12:03:09 PM


  6. America has become a really ugly place.

    I didn't (couldn't) watch the whole speach, but at the end he attacks "Obamacare" because it might turn out like the National Health Service in the UK. The NHS provides the same outcomes as the US healthcare system for literally half of what healthcare costs in the US. The people in that audience are being taken to the cleaners by the healthcare industry in the US, and all they can do is cheer their own ignorance and stupidity.

    Posted by: PaulR | Mar 17, 2012 12:14:43 PM


  7. I so agree with PAULR "cheering their own ignorance and stupidity" perfectly said!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Mar 17, 2012 12:23:33 PM


  8. Conference Board rated US last out of 16 developed countries, UK in 14th place on quality.
    http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/health-outcomes-report-cards-by-country/

    Total cost: US $7,290 per person. UK $2,992.
    http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/what-do-those-decadent-europeans-understand/

    BTW, does Santorum consider that kissing picture to be PORN that will lead to federal prosecutions?

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Mar 17, 2012 12:29:52 PM


  9. SO much better than "Glitter-bombing."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 17, 2012 12:40:51 PM


  10. That was actually quite brave of those guys among a crowd of self-praising and self-satisfied chimps all chanting USA USA USA.

    And yeah, I'd really trust my freedom with Frothy........the fact the he quotes the insane bit*h Margaret Thacher, and that genocidal maniac, Churchill, just confirms he is a closet fascist.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 17, 2012 12:52:06 PM


  11. Those guys seemed pretty darn straight to me. NOW...we need to start packing EVERY SINLGE ONE of his odious rallies with gay people and mic checking him and kissing en masse!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 17, 2012 12:52:52 PM


  12. the exact same response would have occurred had a mixed-race couple been kissing. santorum fans are pretty darn racist, too.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 17, 2012 12:54:28 PM


  13. I'm not sure it wasn't planted to make a point. Does anyone actually know the folks that posted it? The kiss looked rather awkward to me.

    Regardless... what the hell does chanting USA, USA, USA have to do with ANYTHING? That is why I think it might be a plant. Let's them juxtapose a same sex kiss against true "patriotism."

    What rubbish.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 17, 2012 12:54:53 PM


  14. The tone: elite. Soooo ... two guys stand up and kiss each other. Kiss-ins should be done more often at Santorum rallies in order to protest "his value" of hate someone in America.

    Posted by: newz4i | Mar 17, 2012 12:56:37 PM


  15. Smokey - I'm not sure what point you think you're making.

    you say "turn more conservatives against us"....meaning what, specifically?

    that there were conservatives who were "for us" until we, what? "dared to kiss" at a Santorum rally?

    that these santorum-fan conservatives were all ready and gung-ho to support LGBT Equality across America, until these two dudes called attention to their homosexualityness by kissing?

    is that what you're saying? because if so that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

    you need to worried not about Evil Gays Who Aren't Afraid To Kiss In Front of Conservatives, but about the fact that "USA! USA!" is apparently a response to LGBT Equality.


    i think MORE kiss-ins like this are needed.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 17, 2012 1:05:52 PM


  16. I think the chanting and booing was more of a counter-attack to a "Mic check" moment in order to drown out what a protester might say than to necessarily a homophobic response (not that that isn't possible). Until the guy with the long hair pushed his hair out of the way, it wasn't that obvious that it was two guys kissing. Line of sight was probably not that clear for most in attendance. And it wasn't that languorous.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 17, 2012 1:27:24 PM


  17. Good point !

    What exactly is "USA USA" supposed to mean?

    Maybe if it was at an International Football Game, I'd understand.
    But who exactly are the rivals here ? A couple expressing affection in public ?

    If so, haven't we come a long way......not.

    On another note , shouldn't we meet the challange ftom the bigots head on ?.....
    Get Frothy nominated and let's see, once and for all, where the Manifest Destiny is taking the Union.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 17, 2012 1:31:02 PM


  18. I want Santorum to win the nomination because I want these so called "moderate Republicans" and Gay Republicans to look me in the eye and attempt to explain why they're still gonna vote for him.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 17, 2012 1:33:29 PM


  19. People in the USA are fools if they think "socialized" or universal healthcare doesn't work (in places like the UK, Canada, and elsewhere). We have a national healthcare system in Spain and it's excellent! I've lived here for 12 years now (formerly from the States) and have wanted for nothing. People in the States are being taken to the cleaners with healthcare and insurance. I could write at length on this subject but what's the point? I have good healthcare. Good luck!

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 17, 2012 1:33:34 PM


  20. USA, USA, USA... What is it supposed to mean? It means homosexuality is, to them, unAmerican... That gay people don't deserve to live in THEIR Umerica. I hope this goes viral because people need to see the ignorance of the Right before the election. So glad I live in Canada, where even with a right-wing scumbag like Harper as PM, we still live in a truly free country where our rights are protected. It's not perfect, but American politics, and these Tea Party chimps, are really scary.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Mar 17, 2012 1:41:36 PM


  21. Smokey... Please!

    Visibility is what moves the cause forward from tolerance to acceptance. It's totally fine if you want to remain invisible (i.e. - in the closet) but you do not advance the cause of acceptance by doing so, for you or anyone.

    It is not disrespectful for 2 men to kiss in a public rally event, for a potential very public figure Sanctorum.

    This silencing or supposed "disrespect" is exactly what motivates bigoted homophobes in TN with their "Don't Say Gay" bill.

    They want to silence us, and you would have it so... I would have them re-examine their logic evolve and grow.

    The time is now, the movement is alive and LGBT rights for equality will happen hopefully sooner, rather than later.

    Posted by: Javier | Mar 17, 2012 1:46:18 PM


  22. Sidenote: he's a really dull speaker.

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 17, 2012 2:34:58 PM


  23. Oh, and the obligatory TelePromptEr joke. These rubes really have it in their heads that the editor of the Harvard Law Review is so stupid he only gets his thoughts from speech writers and media handlers. I mean, of course, how could a black man think for himself?

    And the "when my father came to America in 1925, there were no benefits" bit... he's harkening back to a pre-Roosevelt, Depression-era society. Half these people applaud, no doubt half collecting Social Security and Medicare.

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 17, 2012 2:43:14 PM


  24. Santorum sounds more like a Holy Roller preacher than a Presidential candidate. Preacher of the United States. anyone? The kiss wasn't offensive at all .. what WAS offensive was the mindless screaming and ranting of the crowd. BEWARE of the agenda of "The Christian Dominionists".

    Posted by: Will | Mar 17, 2012 3:10:08 PM


  25. I want to see more same-sex kissing at these ridiculous rallies.

    I think when they were changing USA USA, they were referring to themselves as Utterly Stupid Americans (I'm not anti-America, there are plenty of clever Americans too, just not at Republican rallies).

    Posted by: Tom Stoppard | Mar 17, 2012 3:27:44 PM


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