Rick Santorum on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Jan 04, 2012

Summary

Senator Santorum defines marriage as between one man and one woman. He does not believe that states should be allowed to redefine marraige to their choosing and create 50 different versions of marriage. He supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

In April of 2003, Senator Santorum stated in an interview with AP that every society in history has upheld the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. He noted that he had nothing against homosexuals, only the actions taken to act upon those feelings.

In a 2008 interview, Senator Santorum stated that the burden fell upon gay couples to establish why the definition of marriage should be changed. He noted that they must not only show their desire, but why it would be beneficial to the country and to society to change the definition to fit same-sex couples. He stated that as same-sex marriage becomes more prevalent in US society, it will have a detrimental affect on traditional marriage as the meaning is lost.

In addtional to being opposed to same-sex marriage, Senator Santorum opposes the adoption of children to same-sex couples. In a 2011 interview, he stated that placing children into such a situation did a disservice to those children and to society.

Senator Santorum has repeatedly supported the Defense of Marriage Act or a constitutional amendment to define marriage. He voted in favor of these measures each time they came up for a vote and co-sponsored an amendment proposal.

Senator Santorum opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, stating that marriage did not have 50 different definitions to be decided in each state. He stated that this was the reason he supported an amendment to define marriage.

 

AP Interview

In April of 2003, Senator Santorum was interviewed by the Associated Press and discussed gay marriage and the subject of homosexuality. Senator Santorum notes that he doesn't have a problem with homosexual people, just the act. He states that every society in history has upheld the traditional definition of marriage.

 

Pew Forum Interview

On April 24, 2008 Senator Santorum was interviewed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The debate focused exclusively on gay marriage.

 

OTJ Interview

In January of 2011, Senator Santorum was interviewed by OTJ news and discussed gay marriage at length. When asked about adoption, Senator Santorum states that he opposes adoption by same-sex couples. He also agrees with the commentator that gay marriage is against nature.

 

Reaction to New York Law

In June of 2011, the state of New York legalized marriage between people of the same sex. While speaking at the Lyon County Republican dinner, Senator Santorum stated that liberals were coming after the institution of marriage in an effort to undermine faith.

Governor Perry of Texas was a potential Presidential candidate and stated that he accepted that each state could define marriage through the tenth amendment. Senator Santorum responded to those comments by stating that marriage was not 50 different things as defined by each state, but had one definition.

 

New Hampshire Debate

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican debate in New Hampshire. He stated that he supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage.

 

Piers Morgan Interview

In August of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on the Piers Morgan Show and discussed his views on marriage and homosexuality, especially in relation to the Catholic Church. Morgan makes the statement that he is a Catholic as well, but believes that we live in "modern times" and Santorum makes the argument that certain truths are eternal and right and wrong are not based on time periods.

 

Iowa Debate

In August of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Presidential debate in Ames, Iowa. He notes that proponents of gay marriage use the court system as a tactic to get their views legalized and that he would fight in the states to prevent this tactic. The question came after Congresswoman Bachmann and others pledged not to use the presidency to promote their views on marriage.

 

Fox News / Google Debate

On September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Fox News / Google debate. He is asked about the removal of don't ask, don't tell and states that he oppposes the introduction of social policy into the military.

 

Huckabee Forum

In December of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in a foum that was moderated by Mike Huckabee. He speaks about his support for DOMA and the need to keep the states from moving towards 50 different definitions of marriage.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

2006 Constitutional Amendment

In 2006 the Senate voted on adding a constitutional amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and ensured to no state would be capable of conferring marital status on a union other than a man or a woman. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

2004 Constitutional Amendment

In 2004 the Senate voted on adding a constitutional amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and ensured to no state would be capable of conferring marital status on a union other than a man or a woman. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Defense of Marriage Act

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act passed the Senate with the support of 100% of the Republicans and roughly 2/3 of the Democrats. The bill defined marriage as a union between 1 man and 1 woman, and stated that no jurisdiction would be required to honor the marriage betweeen two men or two women which was granted in another jurisdiction. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S J Res 1; Constitutional Amendment - Marriage Protection Amendment - Cosponsor

Declares that: (1) marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman; and (2) neither the U.S. Constitution nor the constitution of any state shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any other union.

References

[1] Website: The Pew Forum Article: An Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage: An Interview with Rick Santorum Author: NA Accessed on: 05/11/2011

[2] Website: USA Today - AP Article: Excerpt from Santorum interview Author: NA Accessed on: 08/23/2011

[3] Website: ABC News Article: Battle Over Marriage: Rick Santorum Unleashes on Rick Perry for Gay Marriage Stance Author: Arlette Saenz Accessed on: 08/23/2011

[4] Website: Think Progress Article: Santorum: Liberals Want Marriage Equality In Order To ‘Undermine Faith’ Author: Alex Seitz-Wald Accessed on: 08/23/2011

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