Rick Santorum, GOP presidential candidate (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a blog entry at Mother Jones, Adam Serwer examines Rick Santorum's views on gay rights after the GOP presidential candidate claimed during a primary debate on Sunday that he would love his "hypothetical" gay son.

During Sunday's GOP Primary debate, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum had a nice little moment when he said that if his son were gay, "I would love him as much as I did the second before he said it. And I would try to do everything I can to be as good of a father to him as possible."

As I wrote Sunday, the nature of the question allowed Santorum to avoid the legal implications of his views on homosexuality while putting forth a load of schmaltz about "loving" gay people. Santorum might "love" his gay son, but he'd also want him banned from serving openly in the military, getting married, or adopting children. As Reason's Jacob Sullum notes today, in the infamous 2004 "man on dog" interview Santorum also indicated he'd favor criminalizing sexual activity he disapproves of …

Read Adam Serwer's entire blog entry at Mother Jones.