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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said that embracing gay marriage would be "suicidal" for the Republican Party.

The conservative, who ran for president in a crowded GOP field in 2012, told the Des Moines Register that he does not believe the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

"I think you'll see, hopefully, a chastened Supreme Court is not going to make the same mistake in the (current) cases as they did in Roe v. Wade," Santorum said in the interview with the newspaper.

Although two GOP senators recently said they now support same-sex marriage, Santorum said the party as a whole should not change its stance on the issue.

"In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did," he said.

Santorum won the Republican caucuses in Iowa in 2012. He said he has not ruled out another campaign for president.

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