Rick Santorum Tells Raven-Symone Why He's Against Gay Marriage

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"You're not going to have a society encouraging the behavior that is in the best interest of children and the future of society."

Rick Santorum stopped by The View for an episode that aired today, and he spoke with Raven-Symone about same-sex marriage.

Raven-Symone said, as part of the LGBT community, she wanted to ask Santorum, "Why can we not have equal marriage rights, in your opinion?"

"The whole purpose of marriage is to encourage — for society to encourage men and women to come together to form permanent bonds for the benefit of each other, and just like you would say, well, two women coming together that benefits each other," said Santorum. "But the greater purpose of marriage that society has always valued is to bring men and women together so when they have children, there's a permanent bond by which those children can be raised by their natural mother and natural father."

He continued, "When you have a law that says, as the court said, that marriage has nothing to do with children anymore. What you're going have is — you're not going have a society encouraging the behavior that is in the best interest of children and the future of society."

Raven-Symone responded that she doesn't understand why he doesn't think LGBT people can raise "a very beautiful, smart, intelligent child" just as much as a straight couple can.

"I'm not saying that a same-sex couple can't have a very positive and nurturing environment," countered Santorum, "But the natural mother and natural father of that child is what historically, and I think sociologically we look at today, is in the best interest of that child to be raised by their natural mother and natural father. It’s in the best interest of their parents to raise them."

Watch their interaction below.

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