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Rick Santorum: Homosexual behaviour is a choice

  • Neil Rhodes

    Another one? Good grief!

  • David Greensmith

    Behaviour is a choice. No one chooses to be gay, but they choose whether acknowledge who they are, or deny it. The choice is simple – bow to other people’s bigotry and stay in the closet, or live the one life you have in a way that will make you feel most fulfilled. I choose to live and love.

    • Truth

      Exactly! How do they KNOW it’s a ‘chice’ unless they have MADE a choice to fight their natural orientation? For anyone to say ‘it is a choice’ means they have experienced making a choice. And that, in turn, means they are naturally gay and have chosen not to be.

    • gertieonherknees

      well I look at it like this . If he truly believes in a choice then surely under his country’s constitution , he should respect that choice. So he’s on a losing argument either way .

      • David Greensmith

        Gertie – I agree. This is why I think that the “nature versus nurture” argument is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if someone is born gay, or they choose to be gay. If people choose to become Muslims, or Christians or Jews, then we respect their right to make that choice. If they choose to become vegetarians then ditto. If being gay is a choice, then it is for the person making the choice to have the power of making that decision, not someone else. The Christian Right seem to be all over freedom of choice as long as the choice is the one they want you to make.

  • @Mike-uk2011

    And Ricky would know this how exactly?
    When did he choose to ignore his homosexuality? Either he’s a closet case, or just very ignorant.
    Probably both.

    • Truth

      Absolutely correct! You cannot possibly say something ‘is a choice’ unless you have experienced making that choice. Which means that these people have chosen to suppress their true sexuality.

      • PaulBrownsey

        “You cannot possibly say something ‘is a choice’ unless you have experienced making that choice. ”

        That is simply false. I have never chosen to visit Peterborough but I know i have the choice of going to Peterborough.

        Actions are, in normal circumstances, a choice. The feelings that incline you to perform them are not. I have never chosen to experience gay desire, for that is not the sort of thing that can be chosen, but I can choose whether to sleep with Derek or not, provided he’s willing.

        .

        • Delusional Prophet

          Derek texted me. He’s willing, brah. He’s so willing.

  • Pablo

    It is very clear that Ricky is a closeted gay man, and it’s sad.

  • Valksy

    Desperate squeals for attention from a failed political hack.

  • Mark Y

    Being a republican is a choice. A bad choice.

    • Leonard Woodrow

      Many thanks for the belly laugh!

      • Rumbelow

        edit

        • Leonard Woodrow

          Definitely an experienced sucker!

  • Nealbo

    The way he is working on that ice ream cone, it would seem he’s had a bit of experience licking poles.

    • Leonard Woodrow

      It’s just sublimation!

  • Steve_R

    So is ignorance and stupidity… that is your choice!

  • Rob

    I wonder if Mr Santorum chose to be hetrosexual? I didnt choose my sexuality I was born with it! The sooner bigots like him actually realise this the better offer as a society we will be!

    • http://www.pariss.info Pariss

      You beat me to it!

  • Jordy

    Stupid ass comments by Rick are a choice.

  • Jones

    Pink News Editor: Find me the a photographic innuendo of Rick Santorum to accompany this article now.

  • Riondo

    If the GOP keep this up, Hilary Clinton is going to stroll into the White House after getting up late with a bad hangover.
    Crazy clowns just doesn’t cover it.

  • REALrenovato

    May I have the forebearance and courage to accept that which cannot be changed, the strength and fortitude to change that which can be and needs to change , and the wisdom and knowledge to know the difference.

    Ricky Santorum: = fail

  • Chris in LA

    A mere truism. Heterosexual behaviour is also a choice. Some people choose to give up their sexual behaviors for a “higher” cause — monks and nuns, for example. Most people do not. All Santorum is saying is that he does not approve of homosexual expression. Who cares? I don’t approve of any of the sounds that comes out of Santorum’s mouth.

    • Sandgroper

      “give up their sexual behaviors for a “higher” cause — monks and nuns”

      That is debatable given the sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church running around the world.

      • Truth

        Exactly! Sexual drive and sexual orientation are hard-wired.

        • Psychologist

          Indeed they are TRUTH. Our sexual orientation (whatever that may be) is FIXED by (or around) our birth. it could be denied/suppressed) (which is what CAUSES homophobia) but it CAN NOT be changed ! (No matter how much these Christian homophobes try to, using “quack” psychology – an abusive form of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) (not the OHTHER CBT :))

  • Lawerence Collins

    This is still the same, frothy, sticky Rick Santorum, that said. “Smart intelligent people will never be on our side! That quote I couldn’t agree with more.

  • Not Telling

    Homosexual behaviour certainly is a choice, but so is being a bigot.

    Does Santorum have a good reason why people should stop doing gay things as opposed to him not being a bigot? A fictional sky daddy isn’t a good enough reason. Neither is saying ‘one man and one woman’ ad nauseam. That’s a statement, not an argument.

    • Truth

      Who is he REALLY trying to convince by repeating, ad nauseum, ‘One man, ome woman’?

      • Psychologist

        “me thinks he doeth protest too much ” ………!!!!!!!!!!

  • doug

    Presumably, we have that on the best authority.

    • Truth

      But of course! You cannot simply speculate on something being ‘a choice’. So, Sanatorium must have made a choice NOT to act on his NATURAL sexuality.

  • JackKewadin

    Yup! I chose to be happy and lead a fulfilled life!

  • Psychologist

    He is trying to be pedantic about his “choice” of words.
    ALL behaviour is a choice. Behaviour is simply what actions we choose to take, driven by what we FEEL. Straight people could decide to “not act” on those straight sexual desires/feelings (a minority to, and remain celibate) So could gay people, chose NOT to act on their gay feelings ! However, he is twisting this (real) element of it, to suggest that being gay is a choice …. it’s NOT (of course). Just because someone may not ACT on their gay feelings (or straight feelings either) does NOT CHANGE their sexual orientation ….. it simply means they are not acting on it.
    Rick Santorum is trying to make a point by manipulating words to somehow legitimise how OWN bigotry and homophobia. he is without integrity !

    • CHBrighton

      Spot on.

  • Ivan

    What can you expect from a guy who’s last name means – well, you know?

  • JoAnn Forsberg

    Each year, as a straight, married 38 years to one man, large family, grandmother who faith foundation is based on the simple listening practice of Quakers. I am I gifted to a state wide PFLAG camping/family event. It is a Christian Family gathering event in my home state.

    The beauty I witness humbles me deeply each moment of each day. For at this family week I am included in campfires, beach games, blueberry picking, pot luck meals.

    Such an aware of families; more representative of the “rainbow colors” than any religious righteous people could believe as to what the rainbow represents.

    Children, every nationality, every levels of health; children with bald heads fighting for their lives with cancer.

    Every deformity, that here are not deformity, as the shinning eyes, laughter and huge smiles outshine any wheelchair found. So, as I read others whom reject gay individuals I am crying. Christ within me through the Spirit cries: Leave me with the broken and rejected for such beauty is found nowhere else upon this earth, in this era, in any nationality of mankind.

    The broken… the rejected… those whom daily must hear: You should be stoned to death. Still, wake up and hold a child that no one else would.
    Still, talk to a soon-to-be teenage mother explaining: “It does get better”. That rather she desires to keep the child or give up for adoption “it does get better”.

    Telling that frightened girl: “We will stand with you” through all the stones being thrown…

    On my knees I cry out to God to: Give me the broken in this era of mankind…For, I shall find Christ there.

    Year after year after year children whom society say: Are not perfect; become perfect; with perfect parents; whom nurture their adopted child from a wounded child into all that is beautiful in any human.

    Truly, Jesus sits among us at the campfire watching the stars…. those stars holding a child, the twinkling stars in the children’s eyes… and those Heavenly stars that some day ALL here will enter into.

    As a straight, Christian, devoted follower to our Lord and Savior each moment of each day. I am humbled that these families allow me to witness such beauty.

    A

  • JoAnn Forsberg

    Poem I wrote regarding word: Choice.

    CHOSE… CHOOSE… CHOICE… RIPOSTE WORDS UPON THIS EARTH, SPOKEN AGAINST ANOTHER IN THIS VAST UNIVERSE.

    MY SPIRIT RESOUNDS WITH WEEPING-FILLED UTTERANCES, EARTHLY SEQUESTERED, NOW BURTH FORTH WITHIN THIS PANORAMA DIVINE GROTTO.

    THE SOUL’S WEATHER-BEATEN HABITAT ARISES WHEN WATERY EMOTIONS BEGIN FALLING.

    EXPOSING THE SCRIBBLING MARKS OF ABRASIVE DAMAGE DONE FROM TORCH-BEARING GRAFFITI-WRITERS.

    RIGHTEOUS ONE’S TRAIPSING IN A “CRUSADE” TO PURGE HUMANITY FROM KNOWING THE BOUNDLESS BEAUTY OF AGAPE LOVE.

    IS GOD’S LOVE STILL AN UNMERITED FAVOR?

    FOR TORCHBEARERS SPEAK OF “BLESSED ASSURANCE” NOW BEING ABSENT OF YOUR
    OMNI-POWER.

    GOD INSCRIBE YOUR HAND-WRITING OVER STONE-HEART WORDS THAT RAIDERS LEFT AS SCARS WITHIN OUR SHARED DIVINE GROTTO.

    CARVE FAITH, MEEKNESS AND KINDNESS AT OUR GATHERING PLACE; THAT WEATHER-BEATEN WATER FALLING CASCADE.

    CLEANSE A SOUL’S HABITAT FROM ANY TRACES OF THESE CRUSADER’S HAVOC. REMOVE THE MARKS OF TRAMPLING FEET THAT BELONG TO THE “SELF-APPOINTED”
    VICTORS UPON THIS EARTH.

    HUMBLY YOURS, JOANN FORSBERG
    JUNE 11TH, 2014.

  • Tayo

    being christian is a choice

    • Truth

      ….. an irrational, self-delusional one ….

      • James campbell

        Choosing to be Christian is not the root of the problem – choosing to use one’s faith to justify bigotry and the persecution of those who do not share one’s sexuality is irrational and has no link with Jesus’ teaching.

    • James campbell

      I was raised as a Christian and chose to continue as such. In my teens I was attracted to females (no choice involved), however, my choice was to act on this. My brother was raised in the same family and also chose to be a Christian. What he had no choice nor control over was to be gay. As with myself he chose to act on his feelings and is due to marry his male partner next year. Many of those who have had the freedom of choice to follow a particular faith cannot seem to understand that their option to follow a particular faith is vastly different from their sexuality. I have often discussed this with those who claim to have a faith and yet condemn homosexuality. Apparently, their mind-set is that heterosexuality is not a choice, but anything that differs from this is a choice and can be changed. This is all rubbish of course. Believing that the world is flat is a choice and not based on proven fact, but there are still those who will not travel over the horizon in case they fall off …

  • Ken

    Being a hateful christian is a choice. Homosexuality is not.

    • PaulBrownsey

      He said homosexual BEHAVIOUR is a choice, not having homosexual feelings. Isn’t it? If an opportunity for sex presents itself, do you not choose whether to take up the offer or not?

      • Steven Gregory

        That’s splitting a very fine hair, what’s the point?
        He’s anti-gay and can’t stop obsessing over it.

  • Cal

    He is confusing behaviour with orientation. Homosexuality is clearly not a choice.

  • Christopher in Canada

    And I choose… not to pay any attention to this idiot. I have a brain of my own.

  • SpaceDandy

    To tell you the truth Rick. For many years I tried to be straight but I fail it. I realize my reality is I am gay and I am always gonna be gay. I am proud to be gay, and it’s not a choice I made.

    • lord thorpe

      Me too. I often wonder what my life would have been like if I was heterosexual. I am not heterosexual. I almost got married but didn’t, because I felt it was the wrong thing to do. Many years later I met the girl who would have married me, if I asked. We had a heart to heart conversation. She loved me, and I ruined her life because I believed idiots like this.

  • BCTBC

    The official definition of Santorum http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Santorum

  • Taurman

    Not in my case Rick.

  • Truth

    1: How does he KNOW it’s a choice?
    2: Why is this a politicial matter?
    3: Their obsession with homosexuality is VERY suspicious.

  • CHBrighton

    Weasel words, of course. Santorum approaches the subject from the religious right and catholic opinion that we are not gay but ‘same sex attracted’, a term they use as a descriptor for a curable ‘illness’. Through this, they see us as victims of our confused gender identification and that when we have sex, it is an aberrant behaviour that we choose to engage in or are compelled to engage in as a way of assuaging our childhood longing for a male parent figure. In the context of their convoluted cod psychology, Rick Santorum sees us only as people engaging in sexual behaviours that we choose rather than focusing on changing our ‘behaviour’ to use our bodies in the way his version of god allegedly designed them. As well as being deeply unpleasant, people like Santorum on the religious right never, ever listen to other perspectives or other peoples experiences of life. They are fundamentalists who believe they are always right and everyone else is wrong.

  • TheTimeIsNow1

    Jesus Rick, seriously, why do you care about this? If I wasn’t gay I wouldn’t even read about it.

  • lord thorpe

    I have always wondered about the sexuality of people who make such statements. It is not my experience that my sexuality was a choice. I think that would be true for most people heterosexual or homosexual. However we all have slightly different experiences. I had a friend who had no idea he was gay, and he suddenly realized when he was19. I knew another man who realized in his 50s, he had a supportive wife. I knew a lady who as a teenager thought she might be a lesbian until a friend took her to a transvestite ball, and she realized she was attracted to men in frocks. None of these people spoke about having a choice.

    My opinion is that people who make such statements are either very bisexual or completely asexual and have no idea what they are talking about.

  • Daniel

    Actually poppet, I think you’ll find that whilst sexuality is not a choice, being an insufferable bigoted moron is.

  • Dermot Mac Flannchaidh

    Being gay isn’t a choice, but being a sanctimonious douchebag certainly is a choice.

  • Psychologist

    People like this, who OBSESS about gay sex, far MORE than even openly gay men do – do it for ONE REASON ONLY …. ! Answers on a post card please ??

  • Jasper Taylor

    every crazy Republican comment lands them deeper and deeper into the hole of complete cultural irrelevance. I remember in 2003 feeling so angry at Santorum for comparing gay people to dogs… now I feel indifferent to him. We’ve already won.

  • Guglielmo Marinaro

    Homosexual behaviour is a choice? Yes, of course it’s a choice. What else is this dipstick going to tell us that we didn’t all know perfectly well already? Heterosexual behaviour is a choice, and a perfectly valid one for people whose sexual orientation – which, of course, isn’t a choice – is heterosexual. Similarly, homosexual behaviour is a choice, and an equally valid one for people whose sexual orientation – which likewise isn’t a choice – is homosexual. Quite simply really.

  • Steven Gregory

    This is an easy one: if sexuality is a choice, then “Frothy” Santorum (Google it, please) would have no problem changing his sexuality for a few months to show us how easily it’s done: he will become heterosexual and stop talking about homosexuality NON-STOP.

    Truth is, he’s intransigent and incapable of learning, always choosing what he considers the most offensive position on homosexuality. He is obsessed, consumed and fascinated; and can’t stop talking about homosexuality.

  • https://twitter.com/empyrealgod Christopher

    It’s because of asinine comments like this that he will forever be remembered as “Frothy Mix”.

    It’s the only way I refer to him.

  • JoAnn Forsberg
  • Steven Gregory

    Rick Santorum is a crystal clear picture of denial, willful ignorance, and refusal to learn.

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