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Talk Back: Santorum and Homosexuality

After receiving the “Iowa bump”, Rick Santorum appears to be the new flavor of the month in the Republican primary process. We will be discussing Rick in-depth on the show tomorrow, but I wanted to cover the big issue I think people will disagree on: Homosexuality and the “right to privacy.”

 

In brief, by far the biggest controversy in Mr. Santorum’s past stems from an A.P. article on him from back in 2003. Mr. Santorum is reported as saying that he didn’t have a problem with homosexuality, but that he did have “a problem with homosexual acts.” He then went on to defend an anti-sodomy law (Lawrence v. Texas) and state his opinion that the right to privacy is not in the constitution. He is also a big supporter of a Marriage amendment (one man one woman) to the constitution.

 

I have strong feelings about personal liberty and I feel that some of what Santorum stands for is at odds with our basic freedoms. For instance, I have no problem (like Santorum does) with consenting adults doing whatever they want in their homes. I also think anti-sodomy laws are an idiotic overreach of power on the part of the government. That said, I agree with Rick that the “right to privacy” is murky. I’m not saying that Americans shouldn’t have a right to privacy. I’m saying that if we want those rights, we should make a new amendment to put it in the constitution loud and clear.

Tell me what you think, and I’ll bring it up when we’re on the air tomorrow.

-Jon King

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