Former presidential candidate Rick
Santorum on Wednesday evaded questions on marriage equality during an
appearance on Fox News.
Santorum, who is promoting his new book
Blue Collar Conservatives, told host Neil Cavuto that people
in a stable marriage generally fare better economically.
“Let's say if your mom and dad are
the same sex,” Cavuto
started, “is that a stable environment?”
“Well, I'd rather argue the issue as
to whether we should be promoting, I believe we should be, promoting
the institution of marriage of men and women staying together and
raising children,” Santorum responded.
“Would you apply the same for men and
men staying together? Or women and women staying together?”
“Here's what I would say, that what
we need to do is have men – the father and mother of the children
raise those children. And that means a man and woman bringing to a
child what a man and woman can bring. And that's what we should be
“What about the gay couple who
adopts?” Cavuto pressed.
“If states want to do what they want
to do, I think we need to focus on the vast majority of the people
who are going to be in man and woman relationships raising children
and reclaim those relationships and try to nurture … How about
promoting the dignity and value of marriage of mothers and fathers
As early as last year, Santorum, a
vocal opponent of gay rights, hinted at a second bid for the White
House in 2016.