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List Rules U.S. politicians who have used anti-gay rhetoric or who have pushed for legislation that takes rights away from the LGBT community

Who are the most anti-gay U.S. politicians? The list is a long one, including politicians from both parties (though a majority are Republican). The politicians listed here are those who have spoken out vocally against gay rights, most notably, gay marriage.

Anti-gay politicians are the elected leaders whose rhetoric is often totally over-the-top against LGBT rights. Their voting record on key civil rights issues speaks for itself. Some of these conservative politicians are members of the U.S. House of Representatives, while others are notable U.S. Senators.

Former GOP presidential candidates are also on this list, including, of course Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum and Minnesota House of Representatives member Michele Bachmann. Both have been vocal and steadfast in their opposition to any kind of gay rights for years (Santorum even compared gay marriage to sex with dogs).

Who are the anti-gay politicians? This list shows who are the Republicans and Democrats against gay marriage.

For more information on anti-gay politicians and activists, check out this list of the top 15 anti-gay activists caught being gay. You might also be interested in these lists of Republican and Democrat sex scandals over the years.
Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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Rick Santorum


“But what I can say is that the state is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father. This is common sense. This is nature. And what we’re trying to do is defy nature because a certain group of people want to be affirmed by society. And I just don’t think that’s to the benefit of society or to the child.” -Interview with CNS News, 2011

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Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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Michele Bachmann


“They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.” Bachmann's response to a question by an Iowan student who asked, "Why can't same-sex couples get married?" in 2011.

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Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States of America

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Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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Mike Huckabee


"I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice" but to resist marriage equality, Huckabee said on ABC's "This Week. "They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law."

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Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States of America

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Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians
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Rick Perry


Commonwealth Club interviewer Greg Dalton asked him in 2014 whether Perry believes homosexuality is a disorder. Perry's answer: "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry said. "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way." 

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