Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum believes TV's Will & Grace is to blame for the increasing acceptance of gay marriage.

The comedy, which ran for eight seasons on NBC, is television's most successful series with lead gay characters. The sitcom received 83 Emmy Award nominations and earned 16 during its entire run.

Santorum, a strong opponent of gay rights, discussed changing attitudes on marriage equality during a closed session at this year's conservative CPAC convention.

“Attitudes on marriage basically stayed the same for 30 years after the sexual revolution,” Santorum is seen saying in a comedy clip posted by Tea Party Report's Susie Sampson. “It didn't change until one program on television … and that was Will & Grace.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Vice President Joe Biden has previously credited the show for influencing Americans on gay rights.

In an appearance on CNN, openly gay Max Mutchnick, who created Will & Grace with David Kohan, called the Biden mention “amazing.”

“It's just been amazing to hear such a high profile figure talk about a television show,” Mutchnick said. “I mean, it was similar to listening to Dan Quayle talk about Murphy Brown.”