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Rick Santorum: Gay Marriage Discourages Regular Marriage

BILL O'REILLY: What's your number one reason for opposing gay marriage?

RICK SANTORUM: Well, the number one reason is because marriage is the union of a man and the woman for the purpose of coming together to build a building block for society and to have children. Marriage is -- [there's] lots of aspects to marriage, you know, romantic love is an aspect of marriage. But, it's more than that. Every civilization in the history of man has guarded marriage and celebrated marriage because it is the one thing that is how society continues.

When marriages go away, then you don't have stable families raising the next generation. And if you look at places that in fact have gone through and changes their definition of marriage, what you have seen is lower birth rates. What you have seen is lower marriage rates. What you have seen is problems that come from that. So, the biggest issue is that we need to encourage men and women to come together and form stable families and have children so society can continue because if that doesn't happen, it won't.

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