There’s an old saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.”
I guess Traynham took that to mean literally.
In a phone call recorded by PageOneQ and blogACTIVE.com, Robert Traynham, Director of Communications for United States Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has said he is an out gay man who completely supports the Senator.
When asked how a gay man could speak for one of the nation’s most notorious homophobes, Traynham, left, protested that has "been with the Senator for eight years." Traynham went on to say "Senator Santorum is a man of principle, he is a man who sticks up for what he believes in, I strongly do support Senator Santorum."
When pressed on whether he supported the Senator’s stands on lesbian and gay issues, Mr. Traynham abruptly ended the phone call by saying "Senator Santorum is a family man. I have been with Senator Santorum for eight years and I am very proud to be with him."
An attempt to follow-up with a question was met with Mr. Traynham hanging up the phone.
Senator Santorum, who trails the presumptive Democratic nominee by double digits in a recent Quinnipiac College poll, has been a staunch opponent of lesbian and gay rights and one of the Senate’s strongest supporters of the Federal Marriage Amendment. The amendment would prohibit lesbian and gay couples from ever achieving marriage equality in the United States by requiring that all marriages be between one man and one woman.
"Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security? To defend the sanctity of marriage?" asked Senator Santorum during last year’s debate on the cloture motion to force a vote on the Amendment. The statement was seen by many gay and lesbian community members as a way to tie the struggle for lesbian and gay equality to the President’s "war on terror."
In an interview with the Associated Press, the Senator suggested that the government has the right to prohibit gay and lesbian individuals from expressing love for each other physically. "The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that," said the Senator, "I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire. And we’re seeing it in our society."
One month ago today, the Liberty Pennsylvania PAC, a Pennsylvania based political action committee mounted a joint effort with the national gay and lesbian democratic club, Stonewall Democrats, to help unseat Senator Santorum.
A number of years ago, openly gay columnist and writer Dan Savage began a campaign to educate citizens as to the meaning of the noun "santorum." PageOneQ visitors are able to see the site which developed from that effort, SpreadingSantorum.com (Please note: the site is for adults only and contains sexually explicit writing.)