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On today’s episode of The View, Raven-Symoné, a woman who does not necessarily identify as gay per se, but who does identify (per today’s episode) as “a part of the gay and transgender community,” asked the hopeless presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, “Why can we not have equal marriage rights?” Rick Santorum opened his mouth and unleashed the funk of 40,000 years in response.

“The greater purpose of marriage that society has always valued is to bring men and women together so when they have children, there’s a permanent bond by which those children can be raised by their natural mother and natural father. And when you have a law that says, as the Court said, that marriage has nothing to do with children anymore, then what you’re gonna have is you’re not gonna have a society encouraging the behavior that is in the best interest of children and the future of society,” he explained to a woman who’s actively undermining the future.

Raven-Symoné pointed out that same-sex couples have kids. Kids who thrive. Kids who dream. Kids who are the future. Santorum said, “Historically, and I think sociologically, if you look at today, is in the best interest of that child to be raised by their natural mother and their natural father.” Sociologically, study after study points to this simply not being true. This is just bigotry gussied up as idealism.

The format of The View made it so that Raven-Symoné didn’t get to ask another question, though her co-host Michelle Collins was able to get a dig in: She asked Santorum when he was going to give up his bid for president, given his embarrassingly low poll numbers. The answer is never. Rick Santorum will never give up as history leaves him behind.