Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is scrambling to field accusations of bigotry after getting stuck on an LGBT rights question in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan--the question of same-sex marriage. Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania who opposes marriage equality, went after Morgan during a speech at Pennsylvania State University on Tuesday, in order to undermine Morgan's words in the pre-taped interview that aired on CNN the following evening. Known for his archaic views with regard to LGBT equality, Santorum sounded extremely defensive: "I had Piers Morgan call me a bigot, because I believe what the Catholic Church teaches with respect to homosexuality. So now I'm a bigot because I believe what the Bible teaches." Of course, most Protestants (the religious group that encompasses the vast majority of Americans) would dispute the idea that what the Catholic Church teaches and what the Bible teaches are in any way equivalent. Rick Santorum has been oddly wrestling with this one issue quite a bit lately, having had an bizarre moment at a rather small town hall event go viral recently, due to this claim that he was the victim of a "gay jihad"--whatever that means.
Rick Santorum is widely regarded as a bit of a joke candidate, as he's a fringe right-winger who isn't polling very well in the early stages of the Republican primary. However, those who consider this a Romney/Perry/Bachmann race should remember how early it really is--at this stage of the 2007 Republican primary, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was way out in front, and his campaign completely imploded. One of the more interesting things about American politics is that anything can happen, and that's why Santorum stays in the race, despite the fact that few of us like his chances.