WASHINGTON - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) came under heavy criticism late last month for comments comparing homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. The catholic senator, addressing the courts efforts to overturn the Texas anti-sodomy law, said, "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to have consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, your have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."
That Santorum's statement supports the biblical opposition to all extra-marital sexual relationships is the reason that the media and special interest groups have targeted him and demanded he resign as chairman of the GOP conference, the No. 3 position in the GOP leadership in that chamber.
While opposition to Sen. Santorum has been very vocal, support for him - though widespread - has been somewhat more reserved. The White House, after several days of silence, did come out in support of the senator. "The president has confidence in Senator Santorum, both as a senator and as a member of the Senate leadership," White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters.
Santorum has stood by his comments, saying they should be viewed in the context of the Supreme Court case, which is expected to be decided during the current session.