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01/03/2012

Rush Limbaugh thinks your 'hate' has stifled Santorum, Bachmann

by Jeremy Hooper

Rick Santorum has likened our relationships to "man on dog" and has vowed to invalidate our legal marriages. Let me say that agin: He wants to TAKE AWAY legal marriages like mine. As in legally divorce me from my husband.

Michele Bachmann is an "ex-gay" advocate who once said that homosexuality is "part of Satan, I think." She also once likened the same-sex marriage "attack" to the Pearl Harbor tragedy. Oh, and she's said homosexuality is "sexual anarchy.

But never mind what they've said or any responsibility that is rightly attached to their national-level, large platform advocacy against us. In Rush Limbaugh's GOP world -- and it is still his world, don't be confused -- it's the gay people who react to these vicious attacks on our lives and loves who are ruining the socially conservative candidates' careers:

Screen Shot 2012-01-03 At 9.10.12 AmRUSH: "There's one thing about Rick Santorum. Almost a dirty little secret about Rick Santorum, and that is that gay people really hate Rick Santorum. Now, you might be, "So, what does that matter?" Well, that matters because that filters down through newsrooms. It filters down through much of the news and media conglomerate, the community, if you will, and it is going to influence and taint the kind of coverage he gets. He's no-holds-barred on American cultural issues and what he considers to be things that are causing the culture to end up being coarsened and depraved and so forth. His comments are not reserved just to gay people, homosexuality, but any number of things, abortion, he's fearless on this stuff and he is not afraid to take on some taboo subjects and then to speak from the heart about them. And, of course, this makes him anathema to the New York Times, for example. He's never going to get a mention, much less a fair one, out of the New York Times.

They also hate Bachmann, in not so much over her reaction or attitude about -- when I say gay people, what I mean is the political gay. There's a left-wing gay political structure very active in the Democrat Party. That's who Santorum goes after and as well as Bachmann, too, so she's hated. When you have that kind of alignment against you in so many areas of the media it's just another larger hump, if you will, to overcome. If you want to know why Santorum is not catching on, it's not that he's not catching on with voters. The political gay lobby is a very powerful lobby. There's the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. What's the other one? A human rights organization. They're very, very politically active, one of the largest donor groups for the Democrat Party. And they hate Santorum. He has the same position on gay marriage as the president does, but that position on gay marriage as far as Obama's concerned is wink-wink. There's no wink-wink with Santorum on any of that."

Why Hasn't Santorum Caught Fire? [Rush Limbaugh]

Rick Santorum has the same marriage position as the DOMA-thwarting, state-marriage-amendment-opposing, FMA-rejecting, civil-union-supporting (for now) Barack Obama?!? That's either an outrageous lie or a glaring piece of evidence that speaks to many in the GOP pundit class' failure to truly understand the marriage equality debate. It ain't even close to true, regardless.

The truth is that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are two figures who have defined themselves by anti-gay animus. Both of them built national profiles on opposition to LGBT people. And I stated that correctly: In both cases, their admitted fight is against people, not just their rights. This is more than apparent based on their years of words and actions. If those years of drummed up attention lead to negative pushback, then that is ON THEM! Blaming the gays for shutting these two down is like blaming the emaciated student for calling out the bully who stole his lunch money!

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**Oh, and love how Rush sets aside "the political gay," as if those who stand up for their general peace of mind are the "bad" gays. Guess he prefers us to sing at his (fourth) wedding, not for our supper.

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