Republican presidential candidate Rick
Santorum on Sunday said that if elected he would not recognize the
marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
Santorum, a vocal opponent of marriage
equality, made his remarks during an interview with the Catholic news
Matthew Franck of the Witherspoon
Institute asked Santorum how his administration would treat the
Supreme Court's June ruling which declared that gay couples have a
constitutional right to marry.
Santorum responded that as president he
could not reverse the high court's Obergefell decision because
it affected state laws. He added that he “would confront the
court” on its 2013 ruling which struck down a key provision of the
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He called DOMA a “good” and
“valid” law that he would enforce.
DOMA prohibited federal agencies from
recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples.
at Right Wing Watch, Miranda Blue noted that Santorum had
previously criticized President Barack Obama for refusing to defend
the law in court, calling it unconstitutional. At the time, Santorum
called Obama's move a “power grab” and declared that the decision
rested not with the president but with the Supreme Court.