Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has joined former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in blaming the economic downturn on gay marriage.

During a radio interview with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), and Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (AFA), Santorum attempted to link increased support for the legalization of gay marriage to the nation's economic woes.

“Letting the family break down and in fact encouraging it and inciting more breakdown through this whole redefinition of marriage debate, and not supporting strong nuclear families and not supporting and standing up for the dignity of human life,” Santorum said. “Those lead to a society that’s broken.”

“If you think that we can be a society that kills our own, and that disregards the family and the important role it plays, and doesn't teach moral values and the important role of faith in the public square, and then expect people to be good, decent and moral when they behave economically, if you look at the root cause of the economic problems that we're dealing with on Wall Street and Main Street I might add, from 2008, they were huge moral failings. And you can't say that we're gonna take morality out of the public square, morality out of our schools, God out of our schools, and then expect people to behave decently in a country that requires, capitalism requires some strong modicum of moral consciousness if it's gonna be successful.”

Earlier, Gingrich made a similar argument while discussing “radical secularists” who are attacking the family: “[T]here's a core absolute overlap between free enterprise, freedom and freedom of faith. And if you don't have freedom of faith in the end you're not going to have free enterprise because there's no moral force that defends and protects you.”