Gingrich and Santorum on LGBT Issues

The GOP presidential candidates both say they would ban gay marriage and adoption and reinstate DADT

Kristina Lapinski is a documentary filmmaker who’s working on Gay U.S.A., The Movie, about the state of LGBT rights in America. During a recent event, she had the opportunity to ask GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum what they think about some of the most important gay rights issues facing the country today.

Here are a few of the responses she received from the former speaker and former senator:

On Same-Sex Marriage

Gingrich: “Marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Santorum: “When I was in the U.S. Senate, this was not difficult to understand. One of the toughest things I had to do was to get the Republicans to support me to ban same-sex marriage. …The media is not going to be nice. They are going to create caricatures of us, they will call you a bigot. They would say, ‘Don’t make me vote on this.’ The conversations we would have inside that room would make your hair curl.”

On Homosexuality Being a Choice

Santorum: “Like anything in life, it is a choice. You may feel this is the way that it is supposed to be. You make decisions in life and you choose what is right.”

Gingrich: “Traditional families are what I’m in favor of.”

On Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Gingrich: “I voted for it originally. …We shouldn’t run the U.S. military as a social experiment. The purpose of the U.S. military is to win wars.”

Check it out:

Gay U.S.A. Crashes GOP Debate from www.gayusathemovie.com on Vimeo.