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Rick Santorum Spars With College Students In NH

Hey Rick, you're not in Kansas Iowa anymore:
Several students challenged Santorum, a committed culture warrior, over his long-standing opposition to same-sex marriage. Instead of saying he disagreed and changing the subject - as many politicians might have - Santorum launched a law-school-style Socratic exercise, answering questions with questions.

"So are we saying anybody can marry anybody else?" the former Pennsylvania senator asked one student. "Don't you have to make the positive argument for why the law should be changed?" he asked several. "What is the public policy reason?"

A young woman suggested that gay men and lesbians should be allowed to marry because they have an inherent right to happiness.

"If you're not happy unless you're married to five other people, is that OK?" Santorum asked, as students began booing and shouting.

The questioner insisted that such a comparison was "irrelevant" - but when Santorum persisted, she said, "In my personal opinion, go for it." But she said she was talking about two men who love each other.

"What about three men?" Santorum asked.

He said he believed that God created men and women for the purpose of reproduction and that the relationship deserved society's sanction as marriage.

The exchange, in front of about 250 students and a welter of reporters at an event sponsored by New England College, was inconvenient in a way. New Hampshire, which holds its primary Tuesday, has a more moderate electorate than the GOP caucuses in Iowa, where nearly 60 percent of participants described themselves to pollsters as evangelical Christians.
Well, at least he didn't reprise that good ole gem about "man-on-dog" love... yikes.

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