Rick Santorum has said that he and President Barack Obama share the same position on gay marriage, gay weekly Metro Weekly reported.

At a campaign stop at the Derry-Salem Elks Club on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Santorum claimed that the only difference between his opposition to marriage equality and Obama's position was that he was willing to talk about it.

“Everyone on the stage yesterday and the day before has pretty much the exact same position I have on all those [social] issues. President Obama says he has the same position I have on gay marriage. The only difference is between myself and any of them is that when somebody asks me a question, I answer it.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Santorum has said that he believes in one nationwide heterosexual standard for marriage, because a child being raised by a gay couple is deprived of either a mother or a father, though he has placed more emphasis on the role of a father in a child's development.

Obama is opposed to gay marriage, though he has said on a number of occasions that he is “evolving” on the issue. However, Obama is also opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that bars federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples. Last year, he instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend the law in court and has backed proposed legislation that would repeal it.

That is, Obama does not favor laws that ban gay marriage or limit the rights of married gay couples, while Santorum does.

(Related: Glenn Beck defends Rick Santorum's opposition to gay marriage.)