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Santorum's 180 on Legal Gay Sex?

Santorum's 180 on Legal Gay Sex?

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Former senator Rick Santorum opposes marriage equality and is livid over President Obama's refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. But in a guest column for The Des Moines Register, he suggests he may finally be OK with gay people having sex.

In attempting to make a distinction between gay people's private lives and the public recognition that comes with marriage, Santorum wrote: "Let me first define what we are not talking about. I believe if two adults of the same sex want to have a relationship that is their business. But when they ask society to give that relationship special recognition and privileges, then we should be able to have a rational debate about whether that is good public policy."

In 2003, while discussing the then-pending Lawrence v. Texas, in which the Supreme Court overturned the remaining state laws against sodomy, Santorum told the Associated Press he felt the right to consensual sex between two people of the same sex undermined "the fabric of our society."

Talking Points Memo
reached out to Santorum's political action committee to comment on his guest column but received no response. Read more here.

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