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Anti-gay, evangelical leaders endorse Rick Santorum

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Sunday, January 15, 2012

The anti-gay Family Research Council and evangelical leaders have endorsed Republican candidate Rick Santorum for president amid observations that the social conservatives are unhappy with the idea of frontrunner Mitt Romney’s nomination.

On Saturday, Tony Perkins, FRC’s president, announced Santorum had won the backing of the nearly 170 conservative leaders who gathered in Brenham, Texas, to discuss the GOP primary race and top policy goals for a Republican administration.

Rick Santorum

“There is clearly a united group here that is committed to see … a true conservative elected to the White House,” Perkins said after the decision was made, according to Reuters.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has dubbed the Family Research Council a “hate group” in part because of its opposition to LGBT rights. Other anti-gay leaders who were present at the meeting — and backing Santorum — were Gary Bauer and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania won the endorsement on the third round of balloting, Politico reports. Of the 114 votes cast, Santorum won 85. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich took the remainder.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry didn’t even make it past the first round of balloting — even though the meeting was held in his home state and he’s heavily courted evangelicals since the beginning of his campaign.

Santorum is line with the views of evangelicals on social issue because he’s taken a hard line on them — especially opposition to same-sex marriage — over the course of his presidential campaign.

While campaigning before the New Hampshire primary, Santorum said the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy and said children would be better off having parents in prison rather than parents of the same gender. Santorum has also said he’s restore “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if elected president.

Meanwhile, Romney has said he supports “full rights” for gay people, although he opposes same-sex marriage. The former Massachusetts governor has said he’d leave open service for gays in the military as it is.

But both Santorum and Romney have signed a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage committing themselves to back a Federal Marriage Amendment, defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and establish a presidential commission on “religious liberty.”

LGBT groups on the right and left had mixed reactions to evangelical leaders’ decision to endorse Santorum.

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans, said he doesn’t think the endorsement will translate into much success for Santorum over the long term.

“For some voters, an endorsement from the FRC will help Rick Santorum but it will not translate into a long term gain with the general electorate,” Cooper said. “If anything, the FRC endorsement will further isolate Rick Santorum from the general electorate.”

Log Cabin has been emphasizing that social issues won’t play out well for Republican presidential candidates in their campaigns and economic issues will help them win the White House.

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37 more reader comments:

  1. No surprise there.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:50pm
  2. Why am I not surprised..hmmm.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:50pm
  3. Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:51pm
  4. Earth is also round, and orbits the sun

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:52pm
  5. They would there as ignorant as them.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:52pm
  6. OMG! Not a big surprise, huh?? :) LOL

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:52pm
  7. I’ll bet they’re paying him to be their anti-gay puppet.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:53pm
  8. So the biggest bigot of all gets the nod from the heads of the bigots­. No surprise here.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:53pm
  9. Shit I don’t care about gay marriage rights because they are how they are now, but I don’t think it’s fair to be TAKING away the right to be openly gay in the military because they JUST made it so…
    Please have some common sense and don’t vote for that sanotrom whatever his face is…. He’s a douche…

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:55pm
  10. Someone oughta lock him in a prison cell with 10 other convicts in it…

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:56pm
  11. Big surprise!

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:56pm
  12. so they use the anti-gay platform to further their own political ambitions – not sure if this their best card to deal or the joker is wild.
    Dare we ask for an retraction of the endorsement for our LGBTQ political ambitions?

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:57pm
  13. like a bad dream….

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:58pm
  14. Bad dream MY ASS. This is a fucking nightmare. Our country will be forced into a downward spiral, all progress reverted back to the days of witch hunts. He is the LAST person we need in office… just like those other right-wing douche nozzles.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:04pm
  15. are they not a hate group

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:05pm
  16. ba-duh!

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:11pm
  17. Birds of a feather…

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:14pm
  18. and I endorse a run by rainbow flagging

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:16pm
  19. Has anyone checked his closet for skeletons?

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:33pm
  20. Gee imagine that!

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:36pm
  21. Birds of a feather flock together….

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:39pm
  22. I’ll laugh when he gets the crap beating out of him.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:50pm
  23. What’s douches.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 8:04pm
  24. Like flys support shit.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 8:15pm
  25. in other news, Lil Wayne is black.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 8:16pm
  26. Well of course..those rectums don’t vote on real issues, they just vote for candidates who hate like they do…

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 8:22pm
  27. F*cking nazis. That’s exactly what they are.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 8:50pm
  28. Just another Mother F**king Biggot!

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 9:03pm
  29. I hate prejudice of any kind. It’s so wrong, and it never leads to anything good. Kindness ALWAYS leads to peace and happiness among everyone!

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:54pm
  30. “True happiness is the absence of misery from the world.” -ME

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:56pm
  31. I tell you one thing, though… I am NOT going to vote for him, that’s for sure… :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:56pm
  32. Pffft “The Family Research Council” more like “Stuck up right wing religious zealots trying to ensure that our way is the ONLY way”. See I can make up a pointless name for a imaginary council that believes they do something when we all know that’s a lie.

    Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 12:48am
  33. MY,MY, WHAT A SHOCK, WHAT A HORROR……NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:11am
  34. This from a guy who nearly chocked on a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:13am
  35. Here’s your poster boy for the Vatican folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:14am
  36. why is there so much hate towards us gays,not all gays party and do drugs or waste their lives,there are some descent gays that wana be with someone live a normal life with their partner and stuff ,sersly

    Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:40am
  37. If Bachmann is out, Santorum is not far behind, he is too radical and people see through him, too bad people don’t see through romney and the other canidates on the GOP this campaign. I wish we had more canidates like Fred Karger!

    Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 3:12pm