Santorum Quotations

"Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up for marriage, defending the right of children to have moms and dads, to be raised in a loving environment? That is what this debate is all about." -Rick Santorum

“My colleague Senator John Ensign of Nevada told me a story that epitomizes the selfishness of our culture: ‘When I was a teenager, I had a sticker in my car with a picture of a bear scratching himself on the tree, and under it was the saying, “If it feels good, do it!”’

That was the motto of the '60s and the '70s, and certainly it is the motto today. The image of the bear scratching himself highlights a view of human beings as animals, and that people should do what pleases them at the moment without a thought to the broader long-term consequences of their actions.” –Rick Santorum, Heritage Foundation Lecture #804

“Marriage is not about affirming somebody’s love for somebody else. It’s about uniting together to be open to children, to further civilization in our society.” –Rick Santorum on Fox News Sunday.

“This is an issue just like 9-11, we didn't decide we wanted to fight the war on terrorism because we wanted to. It was brought to us. And if not now, when? When the supreme courts in all the other states have succumbed to the Massachusetts version of the law?" -Senator Rick Santorum on gay marriage, as quoted in Pennsylvania’s Morning Call

“We have made the decision that the best way to raise a family is with a man and a woman.” -Rick Santorum on CBS’s Face the Nation

"[The] right to privacy…doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution." –Rick Santorum on the right to privacy

"To the Founders, these God-given truths -- that 'all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights' -- are no more open to discuss or debate than the laws of gravity. They are simply there, part of the created order. And because they are divinely sanctioned, it followed that even if a wicked and depraved majority tried to subvert them in the name of 'democracy,' the moral minority would be obliged to resist the majority's wishes in the name of moral truth." -Rick Santorum at "The Necessity of Truth", Heritage Lecture No. 643, August 6, 1999, given at The Heritage Foundation's Conference on Religion and Political Leadership.

“[I have] a problem with homosexual acts, as I would with what I would consider to be acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships . . . if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery.” –Rick Santorum on gay sex, AP interview

“In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality.” –Rick Santorum, AP interview