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Sur­prise! San­to­rum backs Bruce Jen­ner

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Bruce Jen­ner, whose gen­der tran­si­tion was re­cently made public, has a sur­pris­ing new sup­porter: for­mer Sen. Rick San­to­rum, a man who has com­pared same­sex mar­riages to bes­tial­ity and pe­dophilia and re­peat­edly op­posed ex­pand­ing LGBT rights. San­to­rum told Buz­zFeed he loves and ac­cepts Jen­ner.

“If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,” San­to­rum said dur­ing a me­dia round­table at Satur­day’s South Carolina Repub­li­can Party’s con­ven­tion. “My re­spon­si­bil­ity as a hu­man be­ing is to love and ac­cept every­body.”

Jen­ner’s gen­der tran­si­tion was an­nounced in a widely watched “20/20” spe­cial last month. Diane Sawyer said then that it was the last in­ter­view Jen­ner, 65, would give as “Bruce.” Sup­port for Jen­ner’s an­nounce­ment was swift and near-uni­ver­sal — not just from Jen­ner’s chil­dren, stepchil­dren and exwife, but also from renowned fig­ures in the LGBT com­mu­nity and be­yond. San­to­rum is con­sid­er­ing an­other pres­i­den­tial run, ac­cord­ing to Buz­zFeed, and with th­ese com­ments be­comes per­haps the high­est-pro­file con­ser­va­tive politi­cian to speak out in sup­port.

San­to­rum said he draws a clear line be­tween who peo­ple are and what they choose to do — and “not to crit­i­cize peo­ple for who they are. I can crit­i­cize, and I do, for what peo­ple do, for their be­hav­ior.

“But as far as for who they are, you have to re­spect every­body.”

— Peo­ple.com

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