A lot of ink and bandwidth has been devoted to critiquing the audiences in the Republican debates for cheering Texas’ execution rate and people dying because they lack government-provided health insurance. After last night’s debate, these critics’ ire has turned to the audience’s response the U.S. military’s former Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on homosexuals serving openly.
The claim is that Republican audience members booed a homosexual soldier deployed in Iraq. If you watch the video, though, it’s far clearer what the audience was really booing – namely, the loaded phrasing of the soldier’s question: “ …. Do you intend to circumvent the progress that’s been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”
Rick Santorum gave an excellent answer in response: “Sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue. Leave it alone, and keep it to yourself, whether you are heterosexual or homosexual.”