Your GOP Primary Guide
BY Michelle Garcia
January 10 2012 5:00 AM ET
Former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum
Public Policy Polling as of January 8: 11%
On Marriage Equality:
Santorum told MSNBC's Chuck Todd that if elected president, he would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, which he said would thereby invalidate all existing same-sex marriages. Santorum's tenure as U.S. senator has become synonymous with his staunchly conservative stances on gay rights and marriage equality. For more on his quotes, check our recent report "Marriage Metaphors With Rick Santorum." He was among the first to sign antigay pledges from the Iowa Family Leader and the National Organization for Marriage.
On Gays' Adoption and Custody Rights:
Earlier this year Santorum told CNS News that a state assigning a child to live with gay foster parents “is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father.” He said, “This is common sense. This is nature.” While on the campaign trail, he's cited research that supposedly shows a father in jail would make a better parent to a child than a same-sex couple. If a same-sex couple were to raise a child, they would be "robbing children of something they need, they deserve, they have a right to. You may rationalize that that isn't true, but in your own life and in your own heart, you know it's true."
On HIV/AIDS Funding or Advocacy:
Santorum has expressed his support for limited international AIDS outreach but accused the Obama administration's special attention toward gay people with HIV globally as simply pushing a liberal agenda.
On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal:
At a GOP debate Santorum said lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military was "playing social experimentation." He has pledged to reinstate the policy.
On Workplace Discrimination and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Introduced with Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry a bipartisan Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which would have required employers to make accommodations for an employee's religious practices. The American Civil Liberties Union condemned the act.
On International Gay Rights and Hillary Clinton's U.N. Address:
Santorum said Clinton's address was counter to President Obama's overall stance supporting marriage only for heterosexual couples.
“I would suggest that we give out humanitarian aid based on humanitarian need, not based on whether people are promoting their particular agenda,” Santorum said. “Obviously the administration is promoting their particular agenda in this country, and now they feel it’s their obligation to promote those values not just in the military, not just in our society, but now around the world with taxpayer dollars.”