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Santorum’s Backers Beg Dan to Quit Savaging the Candidate’s Name

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Saturday Jan 7, 2012
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Anyone who has Googled "Santorum" recently is well aware of the "frothy" website that pops up as the number one search result. The conservative and anti-gay group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality has become aware of the hilarious page, and its president, Peter LaBarbera, is asking the site’s creator, gay activist Dan Savage, to take it down.

"Today, I appeal to homosexual activist Dan Savage: take down your anti-Rick Santorum hate-site, Santorum.com," LaBarbera said in a statement.

"We get it, Dan, you HATE Rick Santorum, and you want to punish him for comments he made about the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing sodomy," he argues. "But as a prolific writer and advocate, surely you have abundant opportunities to address Santorum’s arguments civilly -- without resorting to cruel, twisted campaigns designed to destroy a man’s name and reputation by associating it with perversion."

Savage’s website shows an image of a "brown stain" on a white background with his unique "definition" of the word Santorum: "Santorum (san-TOR-um) n. 1. The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex."

Dan Savage is a media pundit and journalist who has a syndicated relationship and sex column called "Savage Love." He, along with his husband Terry Miller, also started the "It Gets Better Project" to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

Savage made the Santorum website in 2003, in response to bigoted comments the politician made about the LGBT community as he compared gay sex to bestiality and other gruesome acts.

Politcio reported in a Sept. 2011, article that Santorum wanted Google to remove the site.

"I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it," Santorum said. "If you’re a responsible business, you don’t let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country."

"To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can’t handle but I suspect that’s not true," he added.

A Google spokesperson responded and said, "Content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly."

Savage recently appeared on the Internet political talk show, "Young Turks" and discussed Santorum.com. He said that although the site defines "Santorum" as a byproduct of anal sex, the site has nothing to do with being gay since more straight people participate in that specific sexual act as there are more heterosexuals in the world than homosexuals.

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Comments

  • Anonymous, 2012-01-07 12:29:22

    Santorum, quit being one and we might consider your drones’ request!


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-07 22:25:58

    How about freedom of expression? If Santorum can express his opinion about gay issue then why not let other people do the same about his name.


  • Jonathan Willner, 2012-01-11 13:57:50

    We are not an "issue". We are human beings who deserve equal rights and respect. When Rick Santorum recognizes that, I’m sure Savage will be happy to take down his website.


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-11 14:03:01

    gag’em : let’s not play with semantic honey. At least I didn’t write gay tissue


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-11 15:41:06

    gag’em and smanthics I’m impressed Sans Scrotum and Bachmann for president I’d love to see that, not that they stand a chance.


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