Kissing Men at Santorum Event Escorted Out, Crowd Chants U S A, U S A

Two men were escorted out of a Rick Santorum rally in Illinois as they began to yell during the candidate’s speech, and then kiss one another. The event took place at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights Friday evening. The crowd at the gymnasium where Santorum was speaking booed when the two began to kiss, and chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A” as the demonstrators left the building. Palatine Patch reports on the disruption and subsequent ejection:

Santorum was 15 minutes into his speech when the two men shouted and got the attention of the crowd. They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant ‘U-S-A’ while they were leaving the gym.

When asked whether the kiss was a public display of affection or merely a symbolic act, Timothy Tross of Lombard and Ben Clifford of Algonquin, declined to comment.

‘I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is,’ Tross said. ‘It’s the message that he’s saying about sexuality that matters.’

Santorum has had issues with LGBT protesters at events before. In addition to multiple glitter bombings, Santourm has faced hecklers at several events who appear displeased with his pro-life and pro-traditional marriage positions. The Patch reports that about 50 protesters stood outside Santorum’s rally in Arlington Heights Friday holding sings that read “LGBT No H8,” “Catholics Against Santorum” and “If I incorporate myself, would you treat me like a person?”

An estimated 2,100 supporters attended the Santorum rally. See video of the ejection and ‘U-S-A’ chant.