February 23, 2011 | by Chris Johnson
Santorum: Dropping DOMA defense will ‘erode’ traditions
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on Wednesday denounced the Obama administration’s decision to discontinue defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and called the move evidence the president is working to “erode” America’s traditions.

Santorum, who’s widely considered to be preparing for run for the White House in 2012, posted a statement denouncing the Obama’s administration’s move on the web site for America’s Foundation, Santorum’s political action committee:

When the definition of marriage has been put before the people, they have time and time again – from Maine to California – stood up in defense of the traditional family. President Obama’s refusal to defend a law that was overwhelmingly supported on both sides of the aisle and signed into law by a president of his own party is an affront to the will of the people. This is yet another example of our president’s effort to erode the very traditions that have made our country the greatest nation on earth, and it begs the question what language changed in the constitution since 2008 to reverse his position.

While representing Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, Santorum was among the U.S. senators who voted in favor of DOMA in 1996. The Republican was ousted from his position from the Senate in 2006 by current Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

Earlier this month, Santorum told the Washington Blade during the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. that he continues to believe a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is best way to approach the marriage issue in this country.

“I was one of the authors of the Federal Marriage Amendment,” Santorum said. “I don’t think you can have varying laws on marriage. You run into, as we’re seeing, all sorts of problems about reciprocity between the states. This is an issue that there should be a law, the people should be able to decide it and hopefully that’s what will happen.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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