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Audience Boos Gay Soldier at the Republican Debate

GOP Debate Crowd Boos Soldier in Iraq Because He's Gay

At last night's Republican presidential debate, a solider posed a question to the candidates. He had to ask via YouTube, since he's currently serving in Iraq. He said "In 2010 when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was because I didn't want to lose my job. My question is, under one of your presidencies do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military." As he finished, the crowd booed.

Candidate Rick Santorum's reply, on the other hand, got resounding applause. He said: "I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. The fact they are making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege, and removing don't ask don’t tell, I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing: to defend our country."

The logic is flawed. Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell means the military no longer has a policy on sexuality — it can focus on defending the country, instead of worrying about who soldiers want to sleep with on their own time. After the debate, candidate Jon Huntsman called the booing "unfortunate," and a representative for Rick Perry also said so. Watch the unsettling video above.

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