Sen. Marco Rubio may be willing to attend a same-sex marriage, but former Sen. Rick Santorum says that's something he would not do.
"I would love and support them, but I would not participate in that ceremony," Santorum, a staunch Catholic, told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt
Thursday, noting that attending such a wedding would go against his religious beliefs.
Santorum, the runner-up for the 2012 GOP nomination, made his comments in response to statements made by Florida Republican Rubio, who said that although he opposes same-sex marriage, he'd still attend a ceremony
"If it's somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would," Rubio, who announced his candidacy for the White House earlier this week, said Wednesday. "Ultimately, if someone that you care for and is part of your family has decided to move in one direction or another or feels that way because of who they love, you respect that because you love them."
Rubio, also a Catholic, said the situation would be much like attending a wedding for a person who was previously divorced, a situation also prohibited by his faith.
Earlier this week, Rubio said that he has never supported a national constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, reports MSNBC
, even though he opposes such unions and prefers letting states make the decision on the issue.
Santorum is mulling another run in 2016 but has not officially announced his campaign, but still told Hewitt that he believes that he or any other potential nominee should hold groups like the Islamic State responsible and accountable for their actions against homosexuals.
"If I were to run for president and get elected, that's what I would do," Santorum said.
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