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Crowd Boos Santorum For Comparing Gay Marriage To Polygamy

The move from devout Iowa to secular New Hampshire proves rocky.

Posted on January 5, 2012, at 4:45 p.m. ET

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Rick Santorum campaigning at a Christian school in Iowa last year.

CONCORD, N.H. -- Rick Santorum drew a hostile response at a town hall meeting here after he compared same-sex marriage to polygamy.

A college-age audience member at a town hall meeting in Concord asked Santorum "how you justify your belief based on these morals you have about all men being created equal when two men who want to marry the person that they love --"

Santorum cut her off and said "What about three men?"

"It's important that if we're going to have a discussion based on rational thought, that we employ reason. Reason says that if you think it's ok for two, you have to differentiate with me why it's not OK for three. Let's just have a discussion about what that means. If she reflects the values that marriage can be for anybody or any group of people, as many as is necessary, any two people or any three or four, marriage really means whatever you want it to mean."

At this point the crowd applauded -- apparently cheering the idea that "marriage really means whatever you want it to mean.

Santorum continued: "Here's my point of view. And we're done talking about this issue, we're going to move on to something else."

He went on to laud the traditional marriage, saying that "I think that’s something society should value and give status over a group of people who want to have a relationship together."

Some in the crowd booed him after that statement.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.