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Reason #2 to Support Santorum: Spur Discussion of Homophobia

(In case you forgot, Reason #1 was that he will lose)

This country needs to have a good, long discussion of homophobia. Ignoring homophobia only gives it more chances to fester and destroy lives. Whether he becomes the nominee, or just lingers on as a primary challenger to Romney, Santorum's “Google problem" will inevitably lead to discussions of homophobia.

Whenever a new batch of people googles santorum and finds the good stuff, it will lead to a new round of news articles. The right will lambaste Dan Savage for the “petty attack” of dragging the man’s name through the mud. *ahem* I mean through the santorum. And every time they bring it up, we will refer back to the things Mr. Santorum said. We will refer back to the awful “man on child, man on dog" interview. By the time of the November election, if Rick Santorum is the nominee, every voter in America will know the Republicans nominated a man who thinks that gay people are like dogs AND that the government needs to keep them down. Then we will have an argument, in public, about whether that is a tenable position to take. Obviously, the people taking the side that gays are human beings with human rights will win; the contrary position, in the long run, only wins when it is an unspoken assumption, not when it is brought out in the light of day, because it cannot withstand scrutiny.

Santorum himself proves it, when he tries to debate about the issue. In a recent appearance in New Hampshire, he engaged in a long argument with students on the issue of same-sex-marriage, repeatedly comparing it to polygamy (he has apparently learned not to step into “man on dog" territory).  As some have noted, he committed numerous blatant fallacies in this argument, yet failed to realize it and dug himself deeper, all the while claiming to "employ reason." Other candidates, on the other hand, while endorsing policies every bit as onerous as Santorum's, have downplayed the issue. Santorum is the only one that gives us an opportunity to force open the discussion, because he engages. He thinks this is an argument he can win, so he invites every opportunity to have the argument.

Back in ‘04, the GOP cynically used gay marriage as a wedge issue, strategically putting marriage amendments on the ballot in order to get more pro-Bush voters to the polls, and it worked in the political climate of the times. But a lot has changed since then. DADT has been repealed. DOMA is in the process of being struck down. The polls have swung to the other direction. Now that the American public generally views gay people as deserving of equal rights with anybody else, we need to suss out all the examples of gays being treated with unequal rights, drag them out into the open, point fingers and name names. This is the only way we will be able to stop the systematic abuse, the violence, the discrimination that gays still face, and begin to build a truly equal society.

The Republican party is a perfect example of this: it is rife with homophobia, but also with denial. Of all the current presidential candidates, only Rick Santorum makes his homophobia so obvious that it can’t be denied and keeps being brought up in interview after interview. Let’s keep this ball rolling. Let’s keep this discussion going. Let’s support Rick Santorum in the GOP primaries.

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