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Santorum Booed During Same-Sex Marriage Attack

Candidate compares gay marriage to polygamy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 3:56 AM CST

(Newser) – With Rick Santorum addressing a New Hampshire college crowd keen to know his views on same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana, it wasn't a question of if he would get booed, it was a question of how much. The answer is "lots." The candidate repeatedly compared gay marriage to polygamy during a testy back-and-forth, the New York Times reports. "So anyone can marry anybody else?" he asked a student who said she believed everybody had the right to marry. "So if that’s the case, then everyone can marry several people. So you can be married to five people. Is that OK?"

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Santorum, asked whether he would allow state laws on gay marriage and medical marijuana to operate without federal interference, admitted: “I don’t know my medical marijuana laws very well," but called the drug a hazard to society. "I form that opinion from my own life experiences," he said. "I went to college, too." The boos and jeers were much louder than the applause as Santorum left for his next engagement. (Read more gay marriage stories.)

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