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Mar. 3, 2006|
PENNSYLVANIA: Santorum Gets Boost from Casey's Homosexual Connections |
It looks like Democrat Robert P. Casey may have thrown away much of his double-digit lead in his race against Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by introducing himself "to the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on Feb.18 at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Philadelphia Region Steering Committee's annual gala." The Human Rights Campaign PAC endorsed Casey last October. Ken Oakes, who chairs the HRC Philadelphia Region Steering Committee, says that Casey does not agree with HRC on everything—"but he agrees with it about 90 percent of the time." In a Feb. 3 phone interview with the Gay News, Casey reportedly said, " . . . we're very happy to have the endorsement and the support that comes with it."
The Human Rights Campaign expects Casey to support second-parent adoption, civil unions, domestic-partner benefits and expanding federal hate crime laws to cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity.
Senator Santorum has been a leading proponent of a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Casey opposes both state and federal constitutional amendments that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Casey, the son of the late pro-life Governor Bob Casey, who currently serves as Pennsylvania State Treasurer, is considered by many to be pro-life. Given the anger and dismay directed at Santorum by pro-life grassroots activists when, in 2004, he campaigned for the re-election of pro-abortion Arlen Specter against former Rep. Pat Toomey, who was widely perceived to be a pro-life candidate, Casey's claim to be pro-life represents a real threat to Santorum's ability to retain his seat. However, once pro-family Pennsylvanians learn of Casey's alliance with homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists represented by the Human Rights Campaign, Santorum's poll numbers are likely to rise dramatically.
Stephanopoulos: "You describe yourself also as pro-life. What does that mean to you exactly?"
Swann: "Ah, that you are in favor of life, that you do not believe in abortion, ah, that you look for alternative measures and means other than having an abortion."
Stephanopoulos: "And so, if you were Governor and the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade would you try to pass a law banning abortions in the state of Pennsylvania?"
Swann: "Well, if the Supreme Court overturned it then they basically overturned it, they basically said that you know, you can't have an abortion."
Stephanopoulos: "No, no they would send it to the states and it would be up to each state to decide."
Swann: "Well, if they send it to the states to decide as opposed to making the decision that abortions are illegal then I would sign legislature (sic) making abortions illegal."
Stephanopoulos: "No exceptions."
Swann: "Oh, there would be exceptions."
Swann: "In terms of the health of the mother, rape, incest."
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