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Two Men Kiss at Santorum Rally, Get Booted

Two Men Kiss at Santorum Rally, Get Booted

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Two men were removed from an Illinois rally for Rick Santorum after they shouted over the presidential candidate and kissed in front of a crowd of 2,100 people.

The event was held at the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights. Fifteen minutes into Santorum's speech at the academy, Timothy Tross and Ben Clifford shouted loud enough to get the attention of the crowd and then kissed in front of everyone. Guards booted them from the rally, while the crowd strangely chanted, "U.S.A."

"I don't think the message should be about what my sexuality is," Tross told the Palantine Patch. "It's the message that he's saying about sexuality that matters."

Outside of the academy, protesters showed solidarity against Santorum's antigay stances. Some protesters were alumni from nearby Christian schools (Santorum spent his senior year at nearby Carmel Catholic High School).

"There was something that bothered us about having someone so offensive in our hallowed halls," Sue Delabruere, a former student of the school that later became the Christian Liberty Academy, told the Patch.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.