Maggie Gallagher has said that Rick Santorum's opposition to gay marriage is helping his presidential campaign.

Gallagher, the founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, discussed Santorum's recent rise in the polls as it relates to the issue of gay marriage during an Al Jazeera segment which also included Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Michael Cole-Schwartz and the Pew Research Center's David Masci.

Masci said that Americans are nearly divided on the issue.

“It's gone from a clear majority against same-sex marriage to essentially a divided country on this issue,” Masci said via satellite.

Cole-Schwartz said that while opposition to gay nuptials was playing well for GOP candidates during the primary, it wouldn't during the general election.

“Michael, I just think you're living in a dream world if you think it's going to hurt a candidate for the presidency of the United States because he's not for gay marriage,” Gallagher responded.

“Among all Republican voters [in Ohio], not just Republican primary voters, Rick Santorum is emerging as the Republican who voters say cares most about the problems people like them face. So, I think a lot of this is a false dichotomy that's media created and media driven. You can stand for traditional values, including marriage as the union of husband and wife … and you can take your case to the broad American people.”

“I think that Americans like to see a guy who is standing up for what he thinks is right. Even if maybe they don't agree with him. One of the things Rick Santorum is definitely benefiting from is that people don't think he's poll tested, focus group tested, that he has core convictions.”

Most Americans view Santorum as “fighting for the good as he sees it,” Gallagher added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)