Rick Santorum on Thursday won the
endorsement of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, media
In endorsing Santorum for the GOP
presidential nomination, Dobson, who now hosts the radio show Family
Talk, said he hopes Santorum can stop marriage equality.
"The institution of the family is
the key issue facing this great nation,” Dobson said in a
statement. “It is the foundation, the bedrock, upon which every
dimension of Western Civilization rests. If it is undermined or
weakened by cultural and governmental forces, the entire
superstructure will collapse in short order. And indeed, today it is
in serious jeopardy. The very definition of marriage is threatened,
which has implications for the next generation and the stability of
The 53-year-old Santorum last month
said he objects to gay marriage because it would “destabilize the
family.” And he argued against allowing gay couples to adopt
children, saying that adoption should be for parents “who don't
want to raise their children,” not a system that says, “We are
going to deliberately deny a child” a mother or a father.
Santorum said he was “truly honored”
to receive Dobson's endorsement.