Rick Santorum Says Race And Homosexuality Aren’t The Same Because You Can’t Be Ex-Black

Rick Santorum claims race and homosexuality are not the same, because people can’t “stop” being black. He’s wrong about that.

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Unabashed homophobe Rick Santorum kept up his anti-gay attacks this weekend.

First, at the Values Voter Summit, the long-shot Republican presidential candidate insisted he will fight “in every state to make sure that marriage remains between one man and one woman.”

Then, later in the weekend, Santorum appeared on ‘Fox News Sunday’ and was asked again about Republican voters booing a gay soldier during a recent debate. Chris Wallace wondered whether Santorum’s vow to reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell resembles arguments made by people who opposed desegregating the armed forces in 1941.

Santorum, not surprisingly, said “no,” telling his host that the scenarios are incomparable, because homosexuality and race are different: people can’t change the color of their skin, he said.

“I know the whole gay community is trying to make this the new civil rights act. It’s not. It’s not the same,” he insisted of the gay rights movement. “The idea that being black and being gay is the same is simply not true. There are all sorts of studies out there that suggest just the contrary, and there are people who were gay and lived the gay lifestyle and aren’t anymore. I don’t think that’s the case with anyone who’s black.”

Santorum makes a valid point — skin color and sexuality are not the same. The discrimination lobbed at people for their sexuality, their race or any other “difference,” however, is; so too are the ways in which some people try to avoid that discrimination.

During the nation’s most racist days, light skinned black people often “passed” as white. That is, they denied their African heritage in order to fly under the radar, to prevent themselves from being feared and loathed by society at large, and sometimes themselves.

The “ex-gay” therapies that Santorum celebrates are analogous in many ways.

Filled with self-hate or confusion, gay people want to “pass” as straight. They may claim to have been “cured,” but medical professionals, including the American Psychological Association, have slammed such “therapies” as dangerous and in some cases fatal, due to the rise of suicidal ideation among ex-gay adherents.

As a gay man, I can say with certainty that people cannot “turn off” their same-sex desires. It is as innate as race. While ex-gay practitioners can still pass as straight, they will never be straight, just as black men and women who passed as white were never white; they were simply black in disguise.

Here’s video of Santorum’s Fox News comments, via ThinkProgress:

Thanks to Rachel Schwartz. Via Death And Taxes Mag

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on October 11, 2011.

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