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Santorum denies equating bestiality and homosexuality

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 5, 2012 18:10 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that he did not compare homosexuality to having sex with animals in a 2003 interview.

In the now-infamous interview, an Associated Press reporter asked Santorum if he thought homosexuals should not have sex. He responded by saying that sodomy, adultery and polygamy all undermined the traditional family.

“In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality,” he added. “That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.”

When CNN anchor John King confronted him about the quote on Thursday, Santorum denied that it equated homosexuality with bestiality.

“Hold on a second, John,” he said. “Read the quote. I said it’s not. It is not. I didn’t say it is. I said it’s not. You know, I don’t — I’m trying to understand what you’re trying to make the point. I said it’s not those things. I didn’t connect them. I specifically excluded them.”

But that is not how many people, including Fox News host Shepard Smith, have interpreted his comments.

Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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