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Newt Gingrich: Gay Marriage A 'Temporary Aberration'

GingrichGayMarriage Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appeared in Iowa for a campaign rally today and was asked by an audience member how he feels about gay marriage.

In addition to reiterating his opposition to equality, Gingrich described same-sex nuptials as a "temporary aberration."

"I believe that marriage is between a man and woman,” he said, according to the Des Moines Register. “It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know.”

Of course Gingrich is wrong: there's no way LGBT activists and their allies are suddenly going to forget about gay marriage, one of the most pressing political issues in the States today. In fact, more and more Americans support marriage equality, and Gingrich's comments show how far removed he and his Republican peers are from the American zeitgeist.

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  1. A "temporary aberration"? You mean like his marriages?

    Posted by: Hotter Perry | Sep 30, 2011 1:28:25 PM

  2. Newt is just an incredible hypocrite. How he can say any of this garbage with a straight face is just unbelievable.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 30, 2011 1:29:26 PM

  3. "A temporary abberation" said the politico who has been married three times.

    Does Mr. Gingrich think about his word choice before he speaks or even consider verbal self-protection.

    This man wants to be President?

    Posted by: esther blodgett | Sep 30, 2011 1:29:47 PM

  4. I can't wait for this guy to slither under a rock for another 20 years.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Sep 30, 2011 1:39:36 PM

  5. "A temporary aberration" right, care to place a bet on that Newt? There is an ever growing list of nations around the world that either has marriage equality or are currently working on enacting marriage equality within the next few years. Additionally marriage equality has now existed in the modern world for over a decade and none of the early adopters are showing signs of changing their minds on marriage equality. but aside from being completely unrealistic, Newts comments suggest that people like him truly don’t get it and aren’t able to get it. they have repeated their anti gay position so many times that they honestly don’t understand how people cannot share their view.

    Posted by: bill johnson | Sep 30, 2011 1:42:37 PM

  6. One has to wonder how Newt Gingrich would disappear the gay marriages and, basically, the gay relationships, and basically, the gays. Extermination camps?

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 30, 2011 1:44:41 PM

  7. Such utterances from a serial adulterer, a pathological liar and a vainglorious blowhard are astonishing in their complete lack of self-awareness. Sorry, Newt. It is you and your band of republicon wing-nuts who are the temporary aberrations. History will relegate you to a mere footnote at the bottom of the page in 7-point type.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 30, 2011 1:48:45 PM

  8. I got the impression that he meant Gays won't actually marry once we have the right and the novelty of it wears off, at least not en masse.

    Posted by: chad | Sep 30, 2011 1:54:51 PM

  9. Yes, only straight people should be allowed to divorce and commit adultery. It's much too good for us homos.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 30, 2011 2:05:09 PM

  10. What else would you expect from a right winger and follower of the church of the endless hidden molestation of children

    just googe (country name) - catholic church molestation

    And re their support of life, why havent they yet EXcommunciated Hitler - born and baptised catholic in Lintz Austria in 1888

    Aswer - they'd have to excomm the vatican explains

    Posted by: Jason Storm | Sep 30, 2011 2:07:03 PM

  11. I don't know if a new chin and some more rhetoric about marriage between a man and a woman you're not currently sick of is going to get him the nomination. I wonder if Divorce will be the real temporary abberation?

    Posted by: MKe | Sep 30, 2011 2:09:05 PM

  12. This old philandering goat does not matter to anyone but his fellow nutcases!

    As he has said himself; do what I say but do not do as I do!

    Posted by: Braina | Sep 30, 2011 2:09:13 PM

  13. I always thought that Heinlein's view of sexuality in "Time Enough for Love" was a likely possibility way into the future. Basically all the hangups are gone and sex with either gender becomes the norm. There would still be those of us that are all one side or the other.

    Given Newt's rather intelligent views of the future that I have seen portrayed in non-political venues; I find his comments nothing but hypocritical pandering to the morons in Iowa.

    Posted by: Jason in So Fla | Sep 30, 2011 2:16:42 PM

  14. It's just a phase you're going through. Now, where have I heard that before?

    Posted by: JCMS | Sep 30, 2011 2:18:15 PM

  15. So, the self-proclaimed history professor that allegedly represents the intellectual heft of the Republican party, believes that marriage "for all of recorded history" has been between only a man and a woman? So, is he really just an idiot--and the party is so bereft of anything that is actually intellectualism that even a distant approximation will do? Or he just full of made-up nonsense, and will say whatever he needs to to get even a side bar mention in the media? Which is more despicable, or can we all at least agree that the guy should be embarrassed for himself, but clearly he lacks the integrity even for that...

    Posted by: Pete | Sep 30, 2011 2:25:24 PM

  16. I cannot begin to describe how offensive that remark is to me and my partner (who will be married in 29 days.) Especially coming from a serial philanderer like him.

    An apology for something so aggregious wouldn't even come close to making this ever right.

    Posted by: acorlando | Sep 30, 2011 2:37:02 PM

  17. Actually, Mr. Gingrich, its YOU that is the "temporary aberration."

    Posted by: mc | Sep 30, 2011 2:43:10 PM

  18. A temporary abberation best describes Newt's presidental aspirations.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 30, 2011 2:43:42 PM

  19. Funny, I always thought of Newt as a temporary aberration.

    Sure, like all of those other "temporary aberrations" - people choosing their own partner instead of the marrige arranged by their parents; marrying outside your own religion; marrying outside your own race. All of these were, in their time, outrageous and violations of the standard of marriage.

    It would be funny to re-write Fiddler on the Roof with a fourth daughter who marries a woman.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 30, 2011 2:49:47 PM

  20. Slavery existed for millennia. It's only relatively recently (couple hundred years, max) that humanity has collectively shunned it.

    Long tradition doesn't make anything right.

    People evolve. Marriage equality is next.

    Posted by: fred | Sep 30, 2011 2:53:08 PM

  21. jesus these people are barbarians

    Posted by: hoodooguru | Sep 30, 2011 2:54:53 PM

  22. "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. And then another woman. And then another woman after that..." The closest thing to a moral high ground that this old goat can muster is a swamp.

    Posted by: kit | Sep 30, 2011 3:12:33 PM

  23. Honestly, Newt has been SO wrong for SO many years about SO many things, that it's not worth getting upset over this dinosaur. All of his prognosticating is for naught, he's NEVER right about anything! He's laughable.

    Posted by: princely54 | Sep 30, 2011 3:27:33 PM

  24. gay marriages are probably more stable than any of newt's and beside i don't think any gay would leave a dying partner for another man like he did to his wife. just another right wing bigot talking out of both sides his mouth.

    Posted by: walter | Sep 30, 2011 3:28:42 PM

  25. To be accurate, what he believes in is best described as "marriage between one man and one woman at one time."

    Such a belief encompasses, quite clearly in Newt's case, multiple marriages with no need to worry about sanctity or historical precedence. (All those divorces, Newt? Tsk-tsk. Marriage was never like that.)

    My quiet Canadian same-gender marriage takes place in October, and I am not inviting Newt and the current Mrs Gingrich. By the time they received the invitation there could be another Mrs in residence.

    Posted by: Sane Soul | Sep 30, 2011 3:37:35 PM

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