Santorum Says He's Barely Mentioned Gay Rights

BY Michelle Garcia

January 05 2012 5:58 PM ET

Rick Santorum says he's been remaining mostly mum on the subject of marriage equality during his time on the campaign trail.

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly asked Santorum how he would entice voters despite his views being more conservative — and even extreme — compared with those of most voters, especially on issues like gays in the military, marriage equality, and contraception.

Santorum, who finished a close second in the Iowa caucus this week behind Mitt Romney, said he hasn't been harping on these issues on the trail, including his stance to restrict LGBT rights.

"As you know, Bill, if you’ve been following me out on the trail, I haven’t been talking a lot about this, although I strongly believe in it," Santorum said Wednesday night. "What I’ve been talking about as I did last night on my acceptance speech — where I didn’t talk about this issue — I talked about the importance of getting this economy going and talked about my grandfather and coming here for freedom. And this is the fundamental issue in this campaign is whether government is going to be big and obtrusive and telling people how to manage their — their lives or — and are they going to support the basic values of faith and family that allow government to be limited and allow our economy to be strong."

 According to Think Progress, Santorum has not mentioned LGBT issues in any of his 350 town hall meetings in Iowa. Still, campaigning includes quick stops, speeches, and television interviews. In the past year, Santorum has had a few key quotes on gay rights, especially marriage equality:







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