Santorum Warns Guy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball

Rick challenges Mitt to Wisconsin bowl-off

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2012 12:51 AM CDT | Updated Mar 29, 2012 7:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rick Santorum bowls a good game, but gay rights groups say he talks an offensive one. "You’re not gonna' use the pink ball. We’re not gonna' let you do that, not on camera," he told a young man while bowling with college Republicans in Wisconsin yesterday, the Raw Story reports. "Friends don't let friends use pink balls," he added. Critics say Santorum's remarks are just the latest in a long line of insensitive statements.

"He’s proven that he thinks LGBT people are second-class citizens not worthy of dignity or respect," says a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign gay-rights group. "In this case, he’s advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball." Santorum has been bowling his way through Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 3 primary, and has challenged Mitt Romney to a bowl-off, according to the Washington Examiner.

Santorum bowls during a campaign stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, yesterday.
Santorum bowls during a campaign stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Santorum steers clear of pink balls during a campaign stop in Wisconsin yesterday.
Santorum steers clear of pink balls during a campaign stop in Wisconsin yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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