Rick Perry, Rick Santorum using anti-gay rhetoric in last-ditch Iowa efforts

Wed. December 7, 2011 11:04 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

Sioux Center, Iowa - With Republican candidates really pounding the pavement in the final weeks before the Iowa primary, some are getting even more wound up about gay rights than they were before.

Rick Perry is running a new anti-gay ad on Iowa TV stations which accuses President Obama of a "War on Religion":

"You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As president, I'll end Obama's war on religion, and I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage."

(You can watch the ad below.)

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum was confronted by a young man in Sioux Center, Iowa, over gay marriage. Santorum was flabbergasted when the man said he just couldn't see how gay marriage is a "hit on faith and family."

"Really- wow- um okay, well let's see if we can have a discussion," Santorum said, according to ABC News. "We can flesh out some, well, let's look at what's going to be taught in our schools because now we have same sex couples being the same and their sexual activity being seen as equal and being affirmed by society as heterosexual couples and their activity.

"So what is going to be taught to our people in health class in our schools? What is going to be taught to our children about who in our stories, even to little children — what are married couples? What families look like in America? So, you are going to have in our curriculum spread throughout our curriculum worldview that is fundamentally different than what is taught in schools today? Is that not a consequence of gay marriage?"

Both Ricks are running just about dead last in Iowa polls.