Hoyer: Senate GOP’s Silence Countenances Outrageous Comments by Sen. Santorum

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement today regarding Sen. Rick Santorum’s disparaging comments towards gay Americans and the Senate Republican leadership’s failure to rebuke him:

“Senator Rick Santorum, a leader in the Republican Party, has now joined some other Republican leaders in articulating a visceral and virulent prejudice against homosexual citizens.

“His reasoning in doing so is deeply flawed.  It reflects a mentality that encourages increasingly intrusive government action to regulate the private lives of its citizens.  Such thinking is reminiscent of witch-burning and hanging for heresy.

“Like so many in history who have attempted to rationalize their prejudice, Senator Santorum relies on his religious beliefs and on legal opinions that have sanctioned discrimination.

“Senator Santorum has refused to withdraw or ask forgiveness for his hurtful and hateful remarks.  He believes them and stands by them.  His party, however, if it does not share those views, should find them disqualifying for leadership.”

 

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