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Chafee Second Republican to Slam Santorum Remarks

Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island became the second Republican senator to criticize fellow GOP Sen. Rick Santorum's remarks on homosexuality, but did not call on the Pennsylvanian to relinquish his No. 3 Senate GOP leadership post.

"I thought his choice of comparisons was unfortunate and the premise that the right of privacy does not exist — just plain wrong," the moderate Chafee said in a written statement. "Senator Santorum's views are not held by this Republican and many others in our party."

In an interview with The Associated Press, Santorum compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. He also said the right to privacy does not exist in the Constitution.

Chafee's statement was made Wednesday, the same day fellow moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said Santorum's comments "undermine Republican principles of inclusion and opportunity."

Some Democrats and gay-rights groups have said Santorum should step down from his leadership job. The White House has declined comment.