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Rick Santorum: Same Sex Relationships Don't 'Benefit Society'

The Huffington Post  |  By Alana Horowitz Posted: 02/ 5/2012 12:45 pm Updated: 02/ 5/2012 3:22 pm

Rick Santorum Gay Marriage

Santorum on Friday doubled down on attacks against the gay community, telling a gay man that he doesn't deserve the 'privilege' of marriage because same sex relationships don't "benefit society."

"[Marriage] is an intrinsic good ... we extend certain privileges to people who do that because we want to encourage that behavior," he said after a gay audience member asked why homosexuals don't deserve equal rights when it comes to marriage.

"Two people who may like each other or may love each other who are same-sex, is that a special relationship? Yes it is, but it is not the same relationship that benefits society like a marriage between a man and a woman," Santorum continued.

His comments came at a campaign stop in Fulton, Missouri.

Santorum has been adamant his insistance that while the LGBT community should have equal rights, marriage is not a right. Last month, he said that he would invalidate gay marriages as president.

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