New Hampshire State Rep. Al Baldasaro
has cheered the GOP booing of a gay soldier, media watchdog
At last month's televised Fox
News/Google debate, presidential candidate Rick Santorum answered a
question submitted by Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq.
Referring to the recent repeal of
“Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Hill, dressed in an Army t-shirt, asked
via a YouTube clip: “Do you intend to circumvent the progress that
has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”
The audience booed Hill's question, but
cheered Santorum when he called DADT
repeal a “tragic social experiment” and vowed he would reinstate
the policy, if elected president.
Following a town hall on Friday in
Derry, New Hampshire, Baldasaro, who recently endorsed the
presidential campaign of Texas Governor Perry, said the booing was
“I was so disgusted over that gay
marine coming out, because when he came out of the closet ...”
His “brothers” will “start
ignoring him. He doesn't realize it, but when the shit hits the fan,
you want your brothers covering you back, not looking at your back.”
“Did you have an issue with the
audience reaction?” ThinkProgress.org's Scott Keyes asked.
“Oh no, I thought the audience, when
they booed the marine, I thought it was great,” he replied. (The
audio is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
Baldasaro has previously said he
to gay marriage because it leads to polygamy and incest.