A group of college students hosting Rick Santorum today closely questioned the socially conservative presidential candidate over his views on gay rights and ended the lively session by booing him as he left the stage.

Warning the students several times to keep their comments civil, Santorum openly debated audience members at a convention sponsored by New England College, in Henniker. Many in the audience disagreed with Santorum’s staunch opposition to marriage rights for homosexuals. They grew especially agitated when Santorum resorted to a common conservative argument of social conservatives — equating gay marriage with polygamy.

“What is the public purpose of changing the law?’” he asked his questioners. “Every child in America deserves to know and be loved by their mother and father. When we deny children that birthright, we are harming children, we are harming society.”

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