Santorum points to gay marriage fissures in Walker household
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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) warned Monday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s dissonance with his wife on same-sex marriage could cause him to be less “active” in his opposition.

“Spouses matter,” Santorum said in an editorial meeting with The Daily Caller.

“When your spouse is not in-sync with you — particularly on cultural issues, moral issues — [you] tend not to be as active on those issues."

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Walker panned last month’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide as a “grave mistake” where “five unelected judges [took] it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage.” But while those views may put them in the majority of the Republican presidential field, which Walker is set to officially join Monday evening, he’s on the outside looking in at the Walker household.

Walker’s wife, Tonette, told The Washington Post that her children are “very passionate” about their support for same-sex marriage and noted that her cousin, to whom she is very close, is a lesbian. While she never specifically said she backed same-sex marriage, she noted that she disagrees with her husband on some issues and called the issue a “a hard one.”

Santorum is currently running towards the rear of the crowded Republican primary, 11th in the RealClearPolitics aggregation of recent polling. That would put him one spot out of the first Republican debate in August, which caps at the top 10.

But the runner-up for the nomination in 2012 believes he should be allowed to participate in the debates no matter what the polls say.

“I call it the Masters exemption,” he told the Caller, a reference to the rule from the professional golf tournament that gives past winners the opportunity to compete for the rest of their lives.

He added that he believes the debate cutoff should be all candidates polling at least one percent in Iowa or New Hampshire.