POLITICS
01/25/2012 12:21 pm ET

Rick Santorum 2012: Voters Perceive Former Senator As Candidate Of Culture Wars On Gay Rights

Everywhere he goes, they follow.

Rick Santorum rocketed out of Iowa trying to talk about the economy. The last thing he was looking for was a dustup over gay and lesbian issues. But those issues found him anyway, as they seem to. In New Hampshire and South Carolina, he left "homosexual marriage" out of his stump speech (at least explicitly – the "family" part of "Faith, Family, and Freedom" invokes Santorum's emphasis on the traditional nuclear family), but still faced a tough college crowd in New Hampshire who booed him for an extended analogy between gay marriage and polygamy. In South Carolina, he was the target of two protests, one of which left him (for the second time) covered in glitter.

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