(TELEGRAPH) — Rick Santorum, the leading candidate for the US Republican Party nomination, has courted controversy by reviving his criticism of marriage for homosexuals.

He said same sex marraige was an anathema like ploygamy to his values. “So, everybody has the right to be happy?” he said. “So, if you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that OK?”

An audience in New Hampshire, where he is campaign in a primary election reacted angrily to his comments.

It was the first such confrontation over Santorum’s well-documented opposition to gay rights and gay marriage since his surprisingly strong finish in the Iowa caucuses, but it probably won’t be the last. New Hampshire has allowed same-sex marriage since 2010, and voters who were unaware of Santorum’s stance on the issues are likely to hear a great deal about them now that he is emerging as the Christian conservative standard-bearer in the race.

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