During Thursday's edition of The Glenn Beck Program, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum denied he's homophobic, but then added that gay sex should be criminalized.

Earlier in the week, in response to former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson's claim that the GOP is homophobic, Beck said he doesn't see it.

In an appearance on MSNBC's Hardball, Simpson, a Republican who served 18 years in the Senate, said Santorum “has said some cruel things, cruel, cruel things about homosexuals.”

“What are you talking about? What did he say? You know, you can't get away with just this generic, 'He said some cruel things, some cruel, cruel things, awful, horrible, heinous, despicable things.' What! What he say? Rick Santorum is not present for us to ask him,” Beck said.

Santorum answered those questions for Beck two days later.

“There were no 'cruel, cruel' remarks,” Santorum told Beck. “All I can ponder is that Alan Simpson is talking about a comment that I made, which I paraphrased, almost word for word, but paraphrased a Supreme Court justice in a case called Lawrence v. Texas, before that case came out, which had to do with, as you know, a Supreme Court case on the issue of sodomy, and I said that if you have – if the Supreme Court changes the legal standard to say that consensual sexual activity is now a constitutional right, then we open up the gates for all sorts of consensual activity.”

“Unfortunately, folks like Alan Simpson saw that as homophobic.”

“It's not homophobic. It's a legal argument, and it's a correct legal argument. In fact, that's exactly what's happening. We went from Lawrence v. Texas to now a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and they're going into a constitutional right to polyamorous relationships. This is the slippery slope that we're heading down, and I stand by it.”