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Boo On You! Audience Rudely Responds To Gay Solider Stephen Hill At The Republican Debate!

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A vote for Rick Santorum is a vote for homophobia, ignorance and disrespect for our military.

Last night, Santorum was posed a question from a gay solider serving in Iraq about his stance on the Dont' Ask, Don't Tell repeal. True to form, Santorum disgustingly stood there and insulted this solider's bravery and loyalty to his country by insisting that the repeal was a "social extermination" the military is trying out and then asserted he would reinstitute the horrendous policy if he were elected as president. He added:

"That policy would be re-instituted as far as people in, I would not throw them out because that would be unfair to them because of the policy of this administration. But we would move forward in conformity with what was happening in the past. Which was- sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue. Leave it alone. Keep it to yourself whether you are heterosexual or homosexual."

Wow. Silencing the bravest of our nation because it makes YOU uncomfortable. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

What really was so disheartening about his comments is that they seem to be supported by many in the room he was speaking in. After Stephen Hill gave his question via YouTube, several rude and disrespectful audience members booed him loudly, just for being himself. And Rick did nothing. He didn't tell them to stop. He didn't reprimand their behavior. What kind of man does that make Rick? As far as we can see, it makes him … a bully.

And we wonder why kids feel like there is no point in living in this world. People like those blind cowards, who see only what they want to see, even from a person who fights from their freedom every day, are the reason this world is such a mess. Would it be so hard to offer some kindness and understanding to your fellow Americans? Would it be so terrible to just let people, who are doing harm to no one, live their lives with persecution.

Would it, really?

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48 comments to “Boo On You! Audience Rudely Responds To Gay Solider Stephen Hill At The Republican Debate!”

  1. zooby says – reply to this


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    What did you expect from the republicans, Perez? :P

  2. yeez says – reply to this


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    This bullying kick you're on is really irritating. We get it, bullies are completely responsible for causing suicide. Suicides have absolutely nothing to do with underlying mental illness. It's amazing we have any Blacks or Jews left after all the bullying they're endured throughout history!



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    Anyone who is not very wealthy is beyond stupid to vote for these American soldier hating chicken hawk fascist Republicans. They only do for the very rich. End of story. They caused ALL of our current problems and are preventing them from being fixed so they can rule the land once again.



  4. 4

    The majority of Americans agree with Rick Santorum and that of President Clinton's decision to institute DADT.
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    So far, that seems to be the best way of dealing with the gays, aside from making them target practice.



  5. 5

    I'll vote for anyone who will finally stick a cork in the blow holes of all you whining, hysterical, self martyred gays. A group of people that I had no problem with is suddenyl grasping for special treatemnt. sht the eff up. so over it.



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    who cares about the military or the safety of the world..its all about gay all the time or you should be put to death i guess.

    keep up the bullying ignorant hate for those that disagree with you!!! may it grow like a cancer in your radical loins.



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    Re: Truth_Is_A-Virus – Special treatment?? Seems to me that the gay community, along with a large number of the heterosexual community, is simply asking for an end to discrimination. No special treatment - equal treatment.



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    Re: yeez – I'm sorry, this is a highly inappropriate comment. Perez isn't on an anti-bullying kick for no reason, people are dying, having their rights denied, and are being marginalized by ignorant and prejudiced people in this country.

    Anyone who cares enough about rectifying these issues should be outspoken/taking action and OFTEN - otherwise how is any change ever enacted? By mentioning the issue once or twice and then quietly sitting aside? Seems like someone doesn't know much about their social history…



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    Re: Truth_Is_A-Virus – I agree. I really couldn't care less who a person wants to sleep with; it's the constant whining and sense entitlement that makes me hate most of them.



  10. 10

    awwwww look at the new and changed perez….oh rick your such a bully…stop picking on me…oooohh ooohhh….stop picking on the gays…..im so sick of these damn gays crying and bitching all the time WTF….not every body is accepts the gays get over it… and im guessing by you calling him all those names makes you a saint…



  11. 11

    Fun Fact: Rick never has served in the military. He doesnt want gays defending our country yet he never had the b*lls to do so himself. maybe he's jealous of true american heroes (not that being a lawyer for the WWE isn't heroic…)



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    Re: Scatter – Ummmmm….entitlement means being granted rights or privileges that are special to you. If anything, it's the heterosexual community that is entitled because they are granted all these rights implicitly, while the homosexual community isn't.

    Gays are "whining" for EQUALITY! I mean, seriously, what do you expect them to do? Sit aside and let themselves be discriminated against? Not fight for their right to marry, to servie openly in the army, etc?

    This is infuriating, this is the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, equal rights for all!



  13. 13

    That's not what he said. He said sexual orientation should not matter in the military. You should really investigate sound bites for context.



  14. 14

    ""sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue."" I don't disagree!! It is the military. Should they have now a box on your app that say's gay or straight? You signed up to be a soldier and its not about your sexual preference. I don't get why ALL GAYS need to ALL stand up for the gay movement. Heterosexual couples dont flaunt it in the military! Why are we calling this shit out and the millions of dollars for lawyers to fight this crap. What is the % of gays in the military to make this a priority for this country? Everyone that came out so far on the news saying they were gay, do they really think the guy next to doesnt know!! Please@@ GAY RADAR went off soon as they talked…



  15. 15

    He said it was "social experimentation", not "extermination". Lets remember that when Harry S. Truman integrated the military it was also "social experimentation". When they did away with Wacs, Bams and Waves and made women soldiers, marines and sailors it was social expermintation. The republicans need some colon irrigation to clean up the "santorum"



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    Re: Moose&Goose – Yes, equal-not special treatment or recognition. Fraternization-heterosexual or homosexual-is frowned upon in the military. Don't ask don't tell should apply to all orientations, including heterosexual.



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    Re: designchick – Yes, I see your point, but let's be honest - DADT is inherently discriminatory against homosexuals because there's obviously not a problem of heterosexuals being discriminated against because they're straight.



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    Re: designchick – Exactly what I was thinking I heard as well. DADT is simply good manners for anybody. I wouldn't run around saying, "I'm heterosexual and proud of it." If asked if I'm married, I reply, "Yes". I do not reply, "Yes, I'm married to a man." I don't discuss my sex life with my boss or superiors or anyone I'm not really close to. You, Perez, seem to think that's a bad thing. I get the impression you would be happy to have everybody wearing a big sign around their necks with their sexual orientation and the names of a few conquests.



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    Re: rickraton – Thats Bullshit, a straight solider can talk about his girlfriend or wife all he wants, but if the gay solider starts to talk about his boyfriend or husband, he gets the boot….. how is that fair? hows not booting some one who gay and tells everyone they have bf or a husband with out getting kicked out of the army is special treatment??? youre crazy!!!



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    Re: designchick – Oh yeah exactly that is why heterosexuals hide their spouses and never talk about them. And of course spouses never recieve benefits from the military or live on bases. Because if the military ever found out about a soldier's husband or wife they would be dishonorably discharged.

    Oh wait nevermind spouses of soidiers live on bases and get benefits, as well as going with them to military functions and having a community of other military spouses to support each other.

    Sex has NOTHING to do with any of that. Sex is one part of a relationship and the only people talking about sex are dumb as shit conservatives. All gay people are whining about is the same rights heteros get with their partners. If they want to serve their company they deserve the same rights straight or gay.



  21. 21

    This is my amazing husband. He is my hero and I couldn't be prouder of him for asking this question. He took a huge risk being in Iraq not knowing how his fellow troops would respond. Good news is everyone is showing support and respect. Something Rick did not.

  22. yeez says – reply to this


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    Re: Moose&Goose – NOT JUST GAY PEOPLE ARE BULLIED. Bullying doesn't cause suicide, underlying mental illness does. Mario wouldn't be saying this if it wasn't impacting gay kids. He only cares about homophobia, all other discrimination is fair game. He bullies Palin and Bachmann ceaselessly. He ran a contest to find a picture of Michelle Bachmann in a certain article of clothing because he thought it would embarrass her. That's pretty much textbook high school bullying.



  23. 23

    You should not refer to yourself as a celebrity gossip blogger anymore, because 2/3 of your posts have nothing to do with celebrities anymore. If you want to create a website full of posts about the injustices to gays, then go for it, but don't put it on this site. People want to read about celebs, not people getting bullied.



  24. 24

    We should elect a Republican just to piss off Mario. And he said social experimentation not social extermination.



  25. 25

    As it pertains to other comments, people seem to be forgetting that DADT resulted in homosexual service men and women being FIRED. It wasn't "oh slap on the wrist because you're talking about your partner," They were DISCHARGED, disallowed benefits, and while on duty "not allowed" to discuss their relationships when they probably really missed their loved ones, because it made some assholes "uncomfortable." I'm pretty sure the removal of DADT does not mean that all of a sudden everyone is going to be running around gabbing about their gay sex, oh no! Say it isn't so! People have sex?!?! No way…my delicate sensibilities! To think that DADT only had to do with talking about sexual acts is ridiculous and purely wrong.



  26. 26

    O.K. so there has now been three major GOP debates and the audience members made up of tea baggers and republicans have so far cheered for the death penalty, cheered for letting people who are uninsured die, and booed an active duty gay soldier.

    who are these evil fucks anyways? DISGUSTING!!



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    Re: yeez – Are you fucking kidding? Bullying causes all of those things. Imagine being forced to go somewhere where people constantly belittle, mock and even beat you up. I was bullied from 2nd to 7th grade because i'm just a little bit different. I was tormented everyday at school and contemplated suicide constantly. I have so many problems because of how horrible people were to me. Bullying will always be around I know that but to say it never causes suicide is wrong.



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    Re: Scatter – you are crazy! of course gay people should claim their own freedom and be equal not more not less. The irony here is by you suggesting gays have a sense of entitlement you are suggesting straight people should have more rights and that gays are so self absorbed for wanting to be equal. MORON!



  29. 29

    Perez, I highly recommend you separate your personal politics and celebrity news. If you would like to constantly discuss gay rights, create a separate blog. Stephen HIll is not homophobic, he simply believes that sexual orientation should not be discussed in the military. And he is correct. The straight men do not feel the need to make declarations about how they are straight, because at the end of the day. Nobody cares. Your personal life and you job should always remain separate. No matter what your job may be.



  30. 30

    Rock on Perez!! This Santorum guy is mentally ill. He needs to be exposed. He will see the light when one of his precious kids comes out someday just like that idiot Dick Cheney.



  31. 31

    Oh geeze here we go .DADT is repealed people freakout….honestly who gives a shit. The reason I find politicians so annyoying is because they all have their fucking heads up their assess. I'm glad gays are accepted in the military hey if thier fighting for their selfish country let them have be on the same level as straights…. what is the big deal? lets see those assholes go and fight terrorists in a foreign country instead of being so rightous and bitch about everything..thats all people do anymore is bitch about shit…looking I'm bitching right now.



  32. 32

    "…sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue. Leave it alone. Keep it to yourself whether you are heterosexual or homosexual." As a straight man I have no respect for straight men who flaunt their sexual prowess in the faces of others. Whether it be how many 'bitches they did' or what they did with their 'woman' the night before; it's none of my business. Especially if they act this way in a business setting or an otherwise professional setting. Therefore I have no respect for gay men or women who do the same. Worked for a person for a while who was openly gay and thought because he was he could entertain his staff with his sordid sexual adventures. He'd stop just short of saying anything reportable (at the time); yet nonetheless created an uncomfortable atmosphere. This was early 90's and no one, including me, knew what to do about it. We knew he would scream 'discrimination'. So one by one we all left. End all be all is: what you are and who you arr should not be defined by who you love or what you love. End of it.



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    Re: Moose&Goose – What rights? The right to violate a school dress code because "you're special"? The right to act inappropriately at a school dance because "you're special"?? No one has any rights beyond those in the Bill of Rights. everything else is a privilege or a permission. As far as I can tell, the gay community wants special treatment; and that is NEVER going to go over completely with those of who respect and follow the rules. The new trick of trying to equate gay rights with civil rights is insulting.



  34. 34

    i say let them get blown up like the straights i see no problem. I don't see why gays are so quick to want to fight for a country that obviously hates them



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    I think a lot of you are missing the point of why DADT was hindering the military and the gay military men/women. Openly gay people were prohibited from joining, period. Being gay is not a disease, you are not going to catch the gay from your bunk mate. Being gay does not take away from anyone's ability to be able to do their job. The reason DADT was initiated was because straight people did not feel comfortable serving with gay people. That is their own personal problem, and should NOT be the reason that the military prohibits people from joining. If you can't stand next to your brother in arms because he is gay, maybe you shouldn't be trusted to stand next to the ones who are straight either. A military man is a military man, regardless of their sexual orientation and by glorifying something like DADT it just draws more attention to the issue. DADT should be unwritten rule not prohibiting anyone. Don't ask about someone's sex life, and they won't force it upon you. This all stands for the women in the military as well, even though I wrote it as if written for men only. My apologies.



  36. 36

    Sandorum, Bachman, et al. and their supporters are lunatics.



  37. 37

    It was a dozen or so in the audience of 6000. And his answer wasn't bad.



  38. 38

    Re: Christina Polo – You clearly have no concept of reality. DADT is not good manners; that's simply ignorant of you to say. How can you think it's fair that you can be asked if you're married and say yes, but someone who is gay gets the boot from the military for giving an honest answer of the same caliber. And to those of you who keep suggesting that gays are just (as someone stated) "whining:" have you ever had to fear, even for your life, just because someone else doesn't like who you innocently fell in love with? Think about that.



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    Re: designchick – I actually kind of agree with you. If DADT is going to be put back into place, then heterosexuals need to be equally forbidden to discuss their straight lives as well.



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    Re: lastonestanding – I owe you a HUGE apology. I had no idea by being a gay man, which I by no means asked or chose to be, and just wanting to my government to recognize my innocent right to fall in love with another adult that I'm attracted to (just like you, as a straight man, can with another woman) was insulting you. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.



  41. 41

    I'm all for gay rights and etc but I agree with Rick Santorum! Whether you are homo or hetero.. keep it to yourself! Don't bring this social crap into the military

  42. Bates says – reply to this


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    There is evil in America. In some Republican Americans. It saddens me, and it makes me determined that they not come to power and implement their misanthropic agenda. If you value our rights, you too should oppose them wherever they spout their hate.



  43. 43

    I thought that maybe the loud audience reaction was meant to try and drown out the stupid mf 'er's comments from being heard.



  44. 44

    Once the laws and rights of gays equals that of straights, then gay people will shut up. It's as simple as that. Gosh….straight people are SO stupid!



  45. 45

    Re: IThoughtItFirst – Wow, couldn't have said it better myself.



  46. 46

    That is the most ridiculous response he could have possibly given. The military inject billions of dollars in keeping families and married soldiers in cohesion with their armed loved ones. He can't say sex is not an issue, the fact that the numbers of soldiers enlisting did not only go down because of the wars, but bc of what happens to your personal life back home when you are not there. Being that military is not just a job, but a lifestyle, a very committed lifestyle. If these men are dedicating their LIVES to this cause, don't they have the right to have their personal lives be respected by the cause??



  47. 47

    Re: Scatter – like the sense of entitlement to marry whomever they want & not be discriminated against? you're saying that women & blacks had a sense of entitlement asking for their rights to vote & be free



  48. 48

    If we are all gonna be open about sexuality in the military than we should throw women and men into the same boot camp, same showers, same barracks, or even barracks rooms.