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Rick Santorum: Gay Business Owners Should Have Right To Turn Away People Too

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Rick Santorum, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, quoted the Westboro Baptist Church’s slogan “God Hates Fags” on CBS' "Face the Nation” on April 5.

Santorum was defending Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act when he said, "Tolerance is a two-way street. If you’re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print ‘God Hates Fags’ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up?

“And this is really the case here: Should the government force you to do that? And that’s what these cases are all about. This is about the government coming in and saying, ‘No we’re gonna make you do this.’ And this is where I think we just need some space to say, ‘Let’s have some tolerance be a two-way street.’”

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has since been changed after being criticized for promoting discrimination because it allowed individuals and private businesses to cite their religion as a defense when sued. Santorum argued the legislation was supposed to protect business owners.

"Obviously attitudes in this country change and when those attitudes change, we run into a whole bunch of new issues,” Santorum said. "And so the question is how do we deal with that in respecting people on both sides of the issues? And I think that's where you have to differentiate between discrimination against the person because of who they are and discrimination and ... unwillingness to participate in actions because they're inconsistent with your religious beliefs.”

Santorum has claimed same-sex marriage leads to fewer marriages, the degradation of families and a weaker economy.

Source: The Huffington Post

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