Rep. Matt Shea with Rick Santorum

My my, what an eager expression on Matt Shea‘s face! Although he’s been trading winks with militia types and Paulites, I think Matt’s heart may really belong to “Man-on-dog” Ricky!

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Santorum made a campaign stop in Washington on Monday, taking time to commune with the anti-gay locals.

Shea, a Washington state representative from Spokane Valley, is one of the more strident anti-gay figures in the legislature. This session he bemoaned the time the legislature spent on the marriage equality bill, despite his clogging up the system with dead-end “state sovereignty” bills. He’s been counted among Southern Poverty Law Center’s Dirty Dozen for his radical-right views.

Shea posted this photo on his legislative website. “I sat next to him as he spoke,” Shea gushes.

The reason Rep. Shea opposes Washington’s marriage equality law? Tulips. In Ukraine. Because this will happen in Washington state!!!

This is very personal for me on one very particular issue, and that’s florists. I know that may sound weird to you Mr. Speaker, but my family in Kharkov, Ukraine couldn’t hold jobs because of their religious beliefs. They had to choose between their livelihoods and their religious beliefs. And they were florists, Mr. Speaker. They raised tulips. And my wife used to get up every morning, so much so that her hands would bleed because she was putting those tulips together to sell secretly in a market, so they could eke by a living. She hates those tulips today, by the way. Wont let us plant any at our house.

The wife he mentions is his second, by the way. His first “one man one woman forever marriage” didn’t end well. But he still knows what’s best for you and me.