DENVER, N.C. — Anti-gay former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) will visit Western North Carolina and attend a fundraiser at the end of the month.

Santorum, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007 and also represented the state in the U.S. House from 1991 to 1995, lost a 2006 re-election bid to Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. Santorum has been a staunch anti-gay advocate and proponent of anti-gay laws and a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage.

In debates on marriage in 2003, Santorum said homosexual behavior was comparable to adultery, child molestation, incest and bestiality. Much like citizens don’t have the legal right to engage in these behaviors, Santorum said the government should also legally regulate same-sex relationships.

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,” Santorum said in a 2003 AP report.

Santorum is said to be mulling a run for president in 2012.

The Oct. 26 fundraiser is hosted by the Republican Party of North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District and will be held at the Verdict Ridge Country Club in Denver.

info: ncgopdistrict10.com

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.