Rick Santorum on Friday once again condemned the persecution of gay people … gay people living in Iran.

Speaking with gay weekly The Washington Blade at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., Santorum took a swipe at President Obama for not speaking out on the subject.

“They're killing people because they're gay, which is a grave moral wrong,” Santorum said, then added that as president he “would talk about it.”

“This president doesn't talk about those things. He doesn't talk about the torture, he doesn't talk about the killing of women and gays and imprisonment. These are fundamental violations of human rights that I would speak about.”

The former Pennsylvania senator first denounced the persecution of gay people in Iran during a GOP debate held in August.

In a major speech to the United Nations last month, Obama declared that the world's nations must stand up for the rights of gay people: “No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.”

In addressing the conservative crowd on Friday, Santorum chided Obama for no longer defending in federal court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – calling the action an “abomination” – and for allowing gay couples to marry on military bases in states where it's legal now that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” has been lifted, which he labeled a violation of DOMA.

And he pledged to fight marriage equality “in every state to make sure that marriage remains between one man and one woman.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

(Related: John Boehner criticizes Obama's gay marriage decision.)