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Newt Gingrich Says People Choose to Be Gay Like People Choose to Be Celibate: VIDEO

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In an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board today posted by Think Progress LGBT, Newt Gingrich said that you cannot compare the struggle for LGBT civil rights to that of African-Americans, that being gay is as much a choice as being celibate is, and that he's against discrimination, except in the case of the military, because he favors 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

He said he would encourage Congress to reinstate 'DADT' and says that the only reason military leaders are not complaining about gays serving openly is that they are under pressure to accept it and it would be "a career ending conversation".

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  1. if it was a choice there'd be no such thing as The Closet.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 15, 2011 3:04:32 PM


  2. Newt chose to be stupid when he was born and it stuck.

    Posted by: Kenny | Dec 15, 2011 3:05:38 PM


  3. Yes, and who better to talk about celibacy than Noot?

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 15, 2011 3:09:05 PM


  4. And THIS is the Great White Hope of today's Republican Party...?!?

    This bloated, amoral Shriners' Parade float of a "man" dares to give his thoughts on LGBTQ civil rights and marriage equality?!?

    Someone on the "Stephanie Miller Show" noted that Gingrich is a profoundly stupid person's idea of what a smart person is. And I have to concur.

    But I'd add: Gingrich is pure evil, and the end of his unnatural life can't come too soon. Our non-functioning Federal legislative branch is entirely due to this horrible pudding of a man. His smug, hate-filled moonface makes me want to vomit, then hit something. What a douchenozzle.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Dec 15, 2011 3:09:43 PM


  5. I'm actually pleasantly surprised that he believes biology plays any role at all... Low standards, I know.

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 15, 2011 3:09:50 PM


  6. I wonder if the crowd at GOProud agrees with Newtie that they choose to be gay just like they choose to be GOPers? What say ye, fellows?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 15, 2011 3:10:51 PM


  7. LOL! This guy (Newt) is a true dimwit.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 15, 2011 3:18:57 PM


  8. @Haden, GOProud members will agree to whatever their parents tell them to think.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 15, 2011 3:19:59 PM


  9. No, people are born homosexual just as they are born heterosexual. The correct analogy is people choose to be celibate just as they choose to be adulterers.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Dec 15, 2011 3:21:12 PM


  10. If being gay is as much a choice as being cellibate, it stands to reason that so, too, is being straight. Right? And this is the f*&ktard that has a lesbian sister?

    Perhaps the reason military leaders aren't complaining about gays serving openly is that it's not an issue to them, tho it apparently is to Newt.

    Crawl back under your rock, Newtmonster.

    Posted by: jim | Dec 15, 2011 3:21:37 PM


  11. Not a day goes by without gop "hopefuls" talking about gays. Such experts. How could Newt know being gay is a choice? He chose to be straight? He should keep his mouth shut.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 15, 2011 3:23:04 PM


  12. The Newt would sure make me celibate... just the thought!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Dec 15, 2011 3:23:38 PM


  13. Newt will say anything to garner attention.
    Such an ugly,nasty waste of a human being.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 15, 2011 3:31:31 PM


  14. Many, especially his voting base, have been betrayed by Obama and will not be supporting him for reelection.

    However, Obama will probably win because of idiots like that Newt running against him.

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 15, 2011 3:31:44 PM


  15. Marriage Authority Newt is a piece of *&*(&(*%^!

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 15, 2011 3:35:26 PM


  16. All credit due to how the Grinch stole Christmas

    "You're a mean one, Mr. Gingrich. You really are a heel. You're cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel, Mr. Gingrich. You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel."

    (the second verse is even better :)

    "You're a monster, Mr. Gingrich. You're heart's an empty hole. You're brain is full of spiders. You've got garlic in your soul, Mr. Gingrich. I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole."

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 15, 2011 3:37:35 PM


  17. is this the candidate the goproud dumbasses are backing?

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Dec 15, 2011 3:47:30 PM


  18. When you expect a dog to talk don’t be surprised when he barks instead.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Dec 15, 2011 3:51:55 PM


  19. One of the CA, I believe that quote originated with Paul Krugman.

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 15, 2011 3:52:42 PM


  20. Mic check: The GINGRINCH is a loathsome humanoid creature! If you encounter this inhuman monster, salt him down like a slug!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Dec 15, 2011 4:09:02 PM


  21. Newt chose to be an adulterer. I didn't choose to be gay- I knew when I was 6-years-old.

    Posted by: homer | Dec 15, 2011 4:16:08 PM


  22. Is it Newt's choice to be totally ignorant or was he born that way?

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 15, 2011 4:22:22 PM


  23. I think it was George Will that said that.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2011 4:37:33 PM


  24. So, according to Gingrich, a gay person can chose to have sex with someone of the opposite gender as easily as a celibate can chose to break his vow; or as easily as a married person can break his.

    Posted by: William | Dec 15, 2011 4:49:15 PM


  25. Religious affiliation is a choice so why can't we discriminate on the basis?

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Dec 15, 2011 5:26:24 PM


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