On Friday's edition of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, sex advice columnist Dan Savage took on presidential hopefuls Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Savage is the man behind the mega-successful It Gets Better Project, which includes video contributions with a positive message to gay teens from everyday folks, rock stars (including Adam Lambert), Fortune 500 companies (like Google and Apple), politicians (including President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron) and professional sports teams (such as Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox).

Despite his fondness for helping LGBT teens, Savage remains, at heart, an in-your-face sex advice columnist and gay rights activist, as he reminded everyone during Friday's appearance.

On the topic of recent allegations that the Christian counseling center run by Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus, seeks to “cure” gay people, Savage said: “You can't pray away the gay, but you can torture a conflicted closet case to death.”

And when comic Marc Maron said he hopes Mr. Bachmann “takes all that rage that comes from repression and denial into the bedroom with her … and I hope he fucks her angrily, because that's how I would,” Savage took a swipe at Santorum: “I sometimes think about fucking the shit out of Rick Santorum … I'm up for whipping up some santorum in Santorum.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Savage was referring to the new definition of “santorum” which he helped coin.