White House Watch: Santorum, Huckabee Slam Gay Marriage; Walker’s Sons Slam Their Father

Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee

Having profiled 22 different candidates for the U.S. Presidency, our White House Watch piece now evolves into juicy nuggets from the campaign trail.

This week we start with former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Appearing on the CBS Sunday morning program, "Face The Nation," Santorum called the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, "an assault on religious liberty." In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled gays have a right to marriage in all 50 states.

"It is a further erosion of this basic building block of society which is the nuclear family," said Santorum.

Not to be outdone, fellow Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee took to CNN's State of the Union to declare selfish 'redefinition of love' is destroying marriage.

“The whole point of marriage is to create a relationship where two people are committed as life partners,” Huckabee told CNN anchor Jake Tapper. “One of the mistakes we’ve even heard over the course of the same-sex marriage debate is that marriage is all about just love and feeling and sentimentality. And regardless, heterosexual marriage is largely in trouble today because people see it as a selfish means of pleasing self, rather than a committed relationship in which the focus is on meeting the needs of the partner. That sense of selfishness and the redefinition of love as to something that is purely sentimental and emotional has been destructive.”

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post is reporting the college-aged sons of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker were disappointed with their father's statement that the Supreme Court's ruling was 'a grave mistake.'

“That was a hard one,” Walker's wife Tonette told HuffPo. "Our sons were disappointed ... I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate."

In a poll released July 1 by Quinnipiac University, Walker leads the long list of GOP hopefuls in Iowa with 18 percent. Huckabee and Santorum, both past winners of the nation's first caucus, received five and four percent of the vote, respectively.

On the Democratic side, all of the major candidates expressed support for same-sex marriage. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton offered words of encouragement to a young boy who is struggling with his same-sex attractions.

“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing," Clinton wrote Friday on the Facebook page for Humans of New York, a popular blog. "You will surprise yourself with what you're capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you — there will be lots of them."

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