April 22, 2003 02:15pm
Democrats Call for Santorum to Quit Leadership
by: Company Press Release
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Senate Democrats' political organization on Tuesday called for Republican Sen. Rick Santorum to resign his leadership position after the lawmaker compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery.
One day after gay-rights groups urged GOP senators to consider removing Santorum from his leadership post, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said the two-term Pennsylvania senator should step down as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the No. 3 job in the party leadership.
The DSCC called Santorum's remarks "divisive, hurtful and reckless" and said they "Are completely out of bounds for someone who is supposed to be a leader in the United States Senate."
In an interview with the Associated press, Santorum criticized homosexuality while discussing a pending Supreme Court case over a Texas sodomy law.
"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything," Santorum said in the interview, published Monday.
Santorum spokeswoman Erica Clayton Wright said Monday that the lawmaker's comments were "were specific to the Supreme Court case." the senator's office had no immediate comment Tuesday to the DSCC's call for him to give up his leadership job.
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