Huffpost Politics

Rick Santorum During Bowling Alley Visit: 'Friends Don't Let Friends Use Pink Balls'

Posted: Updated:
Rick Santorum visited a bowling alley in Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Rick Santorum visited a bowling alley in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Rick Santorum incited the ire of gay rights advocates when he told a boy to not use a pink bowling ball during a campaign stop at a Wisconsin bowling alley.

According to Reuters' Sam Youngman, Santorum told a young man at South Lanes Bowling and Pizza in La Crosse to avoid using the femininely colored ball. "You're not going to use the pink ball," the former Pennsylvania senator said. "We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera."

At the prompting of another reporter, Santorum also quipped, "friends don't let friends use pink balls."

The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBT rights group, condemned Santorum for "advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball."

"This is another example of Rick Santorum intentionally making ignorant statements that have a real impact on LGBT people," Human Rights Campaign's Fred Sainz said in a statement. "Kids have enough to worry about. They don't need Rick Santorum telling them that using a pink bowling ball is a bad thing."

Santorum has repeatedly drawn criticism for his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. Sex columnist and gay rights advocate Dan Savage infamously launched a campaign to redefine Santorum's last name in response to his 2003 comments on homosexuality and "man on dog" sex.

Last week, Santorum made another bowling alley stop, during which he bowled a turkey. The GOP presidential candidate touted his bowling skills during an appearance on "Face the Nation."

"I was bowling in Sheboygan yesterday with a bunch of folks at a tournament and threw three strikes in a row," he said during the Sunday interview. "That's a turkey. That tells you that you’ve got someone here who can relate to the voters in Wisconsin, just like those of us in western Pennsylvania who grew up in the bowling lanes."

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, Rick Santorum's bowling skills were described as "lacking." That is not the case.

all-also-on-huffpost

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Rick Santorum To Wisconsin Voters: I 'Grew Up In The Bowling Lanes'

Beer and bowling key to Rick Santorum's uphill battle in Wisconsin ...

With Louisiana Wrapped Up, Santorum Heads to Wisconsin - Kevin ...

Santorum Wins Louisiana Primary - NYTimes.com

Rick Santorum To Wisconsin Voters: I 'Grew Up In The Bowling Lanes'

Rick Santorum plans campaign stop in Weston

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote