Rick Santorum's Political Background:
Rick Santorum is a former Representative in Congress and Senator from Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-1995 and from 1995-2007 served in the US Senate. He is a social conservative often criticized for his anti-gay statements and voting record.
Rick Santorum on Same-Sex Marriage:
Rick Santorum is opposed to same-sex marriage and recognition of same sex couples. From his election website: "When activist judges took it upon themselves to redefine marriage, and with it the underpinnings of the traditional American family and our First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion, Rick spearheaded the debate in favor of Federal Marriage Amendment
Rick Santorum will Annul All Same-Sex Marriages:
Not only is Rick Santorum opposed to same-sex marriage, he vows to annul any same-sex couples that are already legally married, including those married in California, Iowa, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont. In an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd
, Rick Santorum said he would support a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. When asked about those already legally married, would he make them get divorced, Santorum replied, "Well, their marriage would be invalid. I think if the constitution says 'marriage is this,' then people whose marriage is not consistent with the constitution… I’d love to think there’s another way of doing it."
Rick Santorum on LGBT Families:
While campaigning in Iowa, Rick Santorum told a crowd that equal rights for gays and lesbians would "destabilize the family" and "accommodate a different values structure." "Laws should try as much as possible to comport with the higher law and also should comport with what reason would dictate. And what reason dictates is that children need mothers and fathers. … Some say well, through technology, same-sex couples can have children. Well they can, through either adoption, or artificial insemination…but they don't get the mother and a father."
Source: Think Progress
Rick Santorum on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":
During one of the presidential debates, Rick Santorum was asked by a gay solider if he would introduce "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
the recently overturned policy that forbid gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Rick Santorum said, "Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military…they’re making it a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege and removing Don’t ask, don’t tell. I think tries to inject social policy into the military."
When questioned about his statements, Rick Santorum said, "The problem is that sexual activity with people who you are in close quarters with who happen to be the same sex is different than being open and having a conversation about your sexual activity where there is not that same situation."
He was then asked, "Are you saying gay soldiers are going to go after their male counterparts?"
Santorum said, "I didn’t suggest that. They’re in close quarters. They live with people, they shower with people. All the things that are involved in living in a barracks or living out in the field, those are issues that some people…yes, there are people who would feel uncomfortable in that environment and it could hurt our ability to recruit and retain and put the best fighting force in place."
Rick Santorum Equates Gay Relationships with Bestiality and Incest:
For years, Rick Santorum has been a vocal opponent of any kind of gay rights legislation or court ruling.
Rick Santorum and Sodomy Laws
In 2003 Rick Santorum said in an interview
with the Associated press about the Supreme Court over turning Texas sodomy law
"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."
I Don't Have a Problem with Gay People, Just What Gay People Do
Santorum said in an interview
in 2003: "I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts. As I would with acts of other, what I would consider to be, acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. And that includes a variety of different acts, not just homosexual. I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who's homosexual. If that's their orientation, then I accept that. And I have no problem with someone who has other orientations. The question is, do you act upon those orientations?"
Rick Santorum equates homosexuality with Incest and Bestiality
In the same interview in 2003 Santorum said, "Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."