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Santorum: Gay Soldiers Put Men And Women ‘In Very Difficult And Uncomfortable Personal Situations,’ Many Will Leave

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Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) doubled down on his commitment to reinstating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell during an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, telling co-host Gretchen Carlson that the nation hasn’t “even begun seeing the consequences” of repeal. Perhaps projecting his own feelings towards LGBT people, the former Pennsylvania senator said he worried that soldiers will feel “uncomfortable” and “odd” around openly gay servicemembers:

SANTORUM: The man and women who sign up for the military are now going to be placed in very difficult and uncomfortable personal situations, very close quarter situations…We got to recruit people who would want to do this and now you’re going to put them in a very odd and uncomfortable environment. A lot of people, I believe are going to leave a lot of people aren’t going to join who otherwise would have joined, and that’s going to hurt our ratings, it’s going to hurt our ability to defend this country, and we shouldn’t be playing social experimentation….There is no role for playing sexual experimentation games in the United States military.

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During last night’s GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Florida, Santorum told Stephen Hill — a gay soldier who served in Iraq — that “any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military,” as the audience booed Hill’s service. Santorum wasn’t asked about and didn’t address the reaction.