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Two Men Disrupt Santorum Rally, Kiss As They Are Thrown Out

1:27 pm - 03/18/2012
Two men who kissed one another were kicked out of presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s rally Friday evening at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.

Santorum was 15 minutes into his speech when the two men shouted and got the attention of the crowd. They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant “U-S-A” while they were leaving the gym.

When asked whether the kiss was a public display of affection or merely a symbolic act, Timothy Tross of Lombard and Ben Clifford of Algonquin, declined to comment.

“I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is,” Tross said. “It’s the message that he’s saying about sexuality that matters.”

About 50 protesters lined the street before the rally with signs that read “LGBT No H8,” “Catholics Against Santorum” and “If I incorporate myself, would you treat me like a person?” LGBT activist Matt Muchowski, who created the Facebook group “Carmel Catholic Alumni Against Rick Santorum,” planned the protest.

Santorum spent his senior year at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein and graduated in 1976.

“We feel it is important to counter Santorum’s anti-gay hate, to set an example to students,” Muchowski said. “Rick sends a message of bullying, but we want high school students to know that other alumni send a message of equality.”

The crowd of protesters, which was described as "mild" by police, was mostly in support of Obama, although there were a couple of Ron Paul fans in the mix. And while some were Carmel alumni, others were there because they heard about it in the news.

Husband and wife, Scott and Sue Delabruere, who went to school when the now-Christian Liberty Academy used to be Arlington Heights High School, said they came because they are both strong supporters of gay rights.

"There was something that bothered us about having someone so offensive in our hallowed halls," Sue Delabruere said.

Santorum's lllinois campaign director, Jon Zahm, estimated 2,100 people were in attendance at the rally—most being strong supporters.

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Frothy Sauce has more, including video of the incident.
ouronlylight 18th-Mar-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant “U-S-A” while they were leaving the gym.

You have got to be kidding me.
scolaro 18th-Mar-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
My first thought was "hey, cool, they were cheering them on", but that thought felt weird considering the event. Then it occurred to me that they were cheering the security guys throwing them out. Somehow I guess if there'd been a heterosexual couple, it wouldn't have felt QUITE as offensive to this audience.
cornhobble 19th-Mar-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
same. For a split second I was like WOW, HOW MANY PROTESTERS WERE IN THE CROWD? And then I realized. >:[
ennta 18th-Mar-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh God, two men shared a kiss! I can feel the gilded corridor of the American Way darkening to a sleezy Vegas strip filled with bathroom blowjobs and long nights of homosexual debauchery! Won't somebody think of the children? I weep for the desolate future of this once God-fearing, Bible-believin' country. God's gonna wipe his feet on the Red, White and Blue if we don't stop this torrid tomfoolery!!!

Edited at 2012-03-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
slinkslowdown 18th-Mar-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
What's sad is some people believe every word of that. :(((((((((((((
ennta 18th-Mar-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know a lot of those people. :(
pennylane101 18th-Mar-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
two guys kissed??

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atomic_joe2 18th-Mar-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
"When asked whether the kiss was a public display of affection or merely a symbolic act, Timothy Tross of Lombard and Ben Clifford of Algonquin, declined to comment", it seems like a completely normal act to me.

lovedforaday 18th-Mar-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Santorum was 15 minutes into his speech when the two men shouted and got the attention of the crowd. They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant “U-S-A” while they were leaving the gym.

I know these people think they're the only legitimate Americans, but chanting U-S-A still doesn't make much sense.
ennta 18th-Mar-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's the only thing they know how to spell?
doverz 18th-Mar-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
LMAO
eveofrevolution 18th-Mar-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
I interpreted it as they are proud to be in a country where those dirty homosexuals are thrown out of a public event for a kiss. Kind of like "FUCK YEAH AMURRKAH, WE DON'T LET THAT SHIT HAPPEN HERE"
mindrtist 19th-Mar-2012 12:48 am (UTC)
me too
tabaqui 18th-Mar-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm actually rather surprised that violence didn't occur.
kishmet 19th-Mar-2012 08:05 am (UTC)
Holy shit, this was like twenty minutes from my place. I would've gone with a full queer delegation if I'd known.
dragonhawker 19th-Mar-2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Kissing for great justice.
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