Rick Santorum isn't opposed to gay rights, he's opposed to gay 'privileges.'

After telling Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that gay people have the right to employment, the former Pennsylvania senator and (likely) Republican presidential hopeful went on to say he doesn't view marriage as a right but as a privilege.

When Wallace asked, “Would you give them [gay people] any rights as a matter of public policy?” Santorum questioned what he meant by rights.

“Well, it depends what you mean by rights, I mean, if you're talking benefits as far as rights, I mean, they have the right to be able to, you know, employment,” a flustered Santorum offered. “I mean, I don't know what you mean by rights.”

“What I'm talking about are privileges, here privileges of marriage, privileges of government benefits is a different thing than basic rights to be able to live their lives as they well should and can as free Americans.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Earlier, Santorum said he would support reinstatement of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the Clinton-era law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, and that he opposes the adoption of children by gay men and lesbians.