Santorum: "Suicidal" for GOP to embrace gay marriage

"The Republican Party’s not going to change on this issue," he added

Published April 9, 2013 3:53PM (EDT)

Though two Republican senators, Mark Kirk and Rob Portman, have recently announced their support for marriage equality, Rick Santorum doesn't think the party will ever embrace the issue.

Referencing Republicans who supported pro-choice efforts in the '60s and '70s, Santorum told the Des Moines Register: “I’m sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, ‘The Republican party’s going to change. This is the future.’ Obviously that didn’t happen."

"I think you’re going to see the same stories written now and it’s not going to happen," he said. "The Republican party’s not going to change on this issue. In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did."

Santorum also noted: “I’m hopeful the Supreme Court learned its lesson about trying to predict where the American public is going on issues and trying to find rights in the Constitution that sit with the fancy of the day."


By Jillian Rayfield

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