Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Anti-Santorum, Not Pro-Casey

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Anti-Santorum, Not Pro-Casey

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He opposes marriage equality. He has never pledged basic support for equal treatment of gays and lesbians in the military. He's a devout Catholic. And LGBT voters have lined up to volunteer for Bob Casey, the state treasurer who's the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

Why? Because he's not Rick Santorum. Unlike the incumbent Republican, Casey never warned that striking down U.S. sodomy laws would lead to rampant bestiality. (Note to Rick and our animal friends: More than three years after Lawrence v. Texas, no wave of animal abuse has overtaken the nation.)

Would we like to see Rick Santorum skulk out of the U.S. Senate with his tail between his legs? Absolutely. Would we lift a single finger to campaign for Bob Casey? Absolutely not.

We realize that we don't speak for every gay and lesbian voter, and we recognize and appreciate the work queer activists in Pennsylvania have done to educate voters about the "pro-family" Santorum and his distinctly antifamily agenda. But we can no longer offer our support--in particular, our time and our financial contributions--to candidates who think it's acceptable to treat gay and lesbian Americans as second-class citizens. …

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