Members of the audience at the GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Florida booed Stephen Hill, a gay soldier, as he asked candidate Rick Santorum about gays serving openly in the military.
Without condemning the audience reaction, Santorum responded to Hill’s question by proclaiming that “any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military" (video below).
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Santorum promised to turn the clock back and reinstate the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, and said that gays openly serving in the military was a “special privilege."
The pro-gay group GOProud issued a statement afterwards condemning Santorum: “Stephen Hill is serving our country in Iraq, fighting a war Senator Santorum says he supports. How can Senator Santorum claim to support this war if he doesn’t support the brave men and women who are fighting it?”
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman told TalkingPointsMemo.com that the boos were “unfortunate” and that “we all salute the same flag.”