NEW YORK (
) -- Some audiences members stirred up controversy on Thursday night at the GOP debate after they booed the video of a man who said he was a gay soldier wondering if former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would circumvent progress made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military.
Santorum responded to soldier Stephen Hill's question that he believed no type of sexual activity had a place in the military, and that to remove "don't ask, don't tell" was, in his opinion, a way to inject social policy into the military.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
"Look, what we're doing is playing social experimentation with -- with our military right now," Santorum said. "I would -- I would just say that, going forward, we would -- we would reinstitute that policy, if Rick Santorum was president, period."
Santorum added that he believed soldiers should stay mum about sexuality in the military, whether the person was heterosexual or homosexual.
The crowd's jeers and Santorum's response to the question triggered negative reactions on the Web.
"Wow, this whole time we thought repealing DADT was about giving members of the military basic rights, like allowing them to mention that they have a partner and a child without being kicked out of the service," Margaret Hartmann of blog Jezebel said.
"The crowd, knowing it was several thousand miles away from him, felt courageous enough to boo," said Roger Simon of
. "Rick Santorum said: 'Sexual activity has no place in the military.' So you could tell Rick Santorum has never been in the military."
"'Sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military'? That will be a surprise to the men and women, of every orientation, who love, marry, and become parents while serving," said Amy Davidson of
The New Yorker
Santorum's father worked for the Veterans Administration, and so he must know better."
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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