ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum clarified his answer to a question he fielded at Thursday's presidential debate from Stephen Hill, a gay solider serving in Iraq, who asked the candidates if they would reinstate the policy that restricts service members from discussing their sexual orientation. Santorum said he would allow gays currently serving to be "grandfathered" in if the policy is reinstated.
When the video with the soldier's question played in the debate hall, a few in the audience were heard booing him--though others in the audience told the booers to hush. In his reply, Santorum reaffirmed his call for putting the "don't ask, don't tell" policy back in place.
"I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military," Santorum said. "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 to, and removing don't ask don't tell. I think tries to inject social policy into the military."
The Dept. of Defense officially stopped enforcing the Clinton-era policy earlier this week.Read More »from Santorum clarifies ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ remarks: Gays currently serving would be ‘grandfathered’ in