Santorum: ‘Vast Majority’ of Gay Rights Movement Sees Religious Expression as ‘Purely Bigoted’

June 19, 2014 - 5:25 PM

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Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – While some people in the gay rights movement support and respect religious liberty and expression, most do not, and see religious expression as “purely bigoted,” said former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) on Thursday at the “March for Marriage” on Capitol Hill. He also said that homosexual “marriage” will greatly harm the institution of marriage overall because children have a natural right to be reared by a mother and a father.

“There are some in the gay rights movement who want to allow for religious expression and see that as a valuable right, but the vast majority don’t see it that way,” Santorum told CNSNews.com. “ They see it as purely bigoted thought.”

Santorum spoke at a rally prior to the second annual March for Marriage, which was organized by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Attendees, numbering in the thousands, marched from the front of the Capitol up Constitution Avenue and then over to the Supreme Court.

The March was meant to send “a clear message to every level of society that a majority of Americans still stand for marriage as it has been traditionally and historically defined and handed down through the centuries,” said the NOM.

Just before the march began, CNSNews.com asked Senator Santorum, “Does homosexual marriage undermine the First Amendment and free exercise of religion and if so how?”

He said, “I think it’s fairly clear that as this re-definition of marriage continues, the impact on religious liberties is going to be quite profound. And as much as some, and there are some in the gay rights movement, who want to allow for religious expression and see that as a valuable right -- but the vast majority don’t see it that way.”

“They see it as purely bigoted thought, and so as a result of that I think you’re going to see this infringement on the First Amendment get much more acute and much more problematic, and I think it’ll be one of the reasons that the pendulum starts to swing back,” said Santorum.

CNSNews.com also asked Santorum, “People argue that the ultimate goal of gay marriage is to destroy the institution of marriage altogether and remake it into whatever contract people want. Do you think that’s the goal: to destroy the institution of marriage and family?”

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A homosexual couple and their adopted daughter. (AP)

Santorum said, “It’ll certainly destroy the institution of marriage in this respect: marriage is the union between a man and a woman for the purpose of having and raising children, giving children their natural birthright, which is to be raised by their mother and father. And so will this destroy that? It will certainly harm it, and harm it greatly, and I don’t think that’s a good thing.”

“People from across the ideological spectrum will all admit that marriage between a man and a woman is best for raising children and building strong communities,” Santorum told the crowd before the March began.

“First and foremost in this movement we have to reclaim marriage for what it is: marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of taking two people in as one, a unity, and secondly to have and raise children,” he said. “No other union can accomplish those two purposes.”

Santorum concluded his remarks emphasizing that “this isn’t about hating anybody or anything. This is about loving truth and loving what’s best for men, women, and children.”