|Kristina Lapinski and Rick Santorum|
by Melanie Nathan
Kristina Lapinski, from GAY U.S.A. the Movie, a documentary filmmaker, found herself seated in the front row next to State Republican Speaker William O’Brien, and Collista Gingrich at One Liberty Lane Hampton, New Hampshire, for Thursday night’s Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC candidates forum.
Lapinski, holding a legitimate ticket, had her camera poised furtively with unprecedented chutzpah, while in the company of some fifty heavy hitting Tea Party Republicans, who had no idea who she was or why she was there!
The young liberal democrat, dressed in a tailed, wide shoulder black double breasted jacket, and a white shirt, sporting a star spangled tie, looked ‘voguishly’ Barnum Circus and quite out of place. “I felt like I was in the lion’s den” said Lapinski.
The debate featured a combination of town hall and Lincoln-Douglas formats, with only two candidates appearing on stage at a time. Governors Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer debated first, and were followed by former senator Rick Santorum and former speaker Newt Gingrich.
In keeping with the theme of the evening, the audience was handed copies of the U.S. Constitution printed by the anti-gay Heritage Foundation. The ‘show’ began with the Pledge of Allegiance, then a prayer and comments about the importance of God in politics.
After Roemer and Johnson left the stage, Lapinski approached the moderator and handed him a piece of paper with her question. Admitting her flirtatious exploit, Lapinski said: “Sir, this issue affects me personally and it would mean a lot to me if you could slip it in and ask my question.”
“I was surrounded by Tea Party people and was determined to have a gay rights question asked, to film for my movie” asserts Lapinski. As one can imagine, she was delighted when her question was actually posed to both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum: “This question is from Kristina who is in the audience,” he announced, “If voted President of the United States would you support a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage?”
Gingrich was quick to blow off the question with a quick one liner: “marriage is between a man and a woman!” Santorum, on the other hand had his pew, with canned rhetoric and the can-opener at the ready......
Click here for the rest of Melanie's story, and a secret video capture during the event....