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Newt Gingrich Heckled by Gay Rights Activist in Minnesota: VIDEO


At two separate campaign stops in Minnesota, Newt Gingrich was interrupted by members of the LGBT rights group the Glitterati, according to its reports. CBS News reported on the incident in Bloomington:

"Hey Newt, why do you support discrimination against gays and lesbians all the time? Serial hypocrisy!" a young man yelled at Gingrich, interrupting his 40-minute speech. After he was pushed out of the room by what appeared to be a supporter, a second young man took up the charge in the back of the room, chanting, "No hate in our state, why do you discriminate?"

As the crowd began chanting Gingrich's name, a woman approached the second protestor and grabbed his wrists. Before a fight could break out, police escorted him from the room.

Gingrich was unruffled by the disruptions, saying he presumed most of the crowd supported him. "My guess is it's 407 to three," he said.

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  1. The support he got from the crowd is more a reflection on the quality of the mindset of the people there than on the rightness of his bigotry. He draws people who don't see LGBT people as worthy of equality.

    Good for the hecklers who are willing to call him out in such a crowd.

    Posted by: john patrick | Feb 7, 2012 7:56:15 AM

  2. I know some people think these types of protests are a bad look for our community, but personally I think it shows quite a bit of bravery to go into an environment you know is anti-gay, potentially violent towards you for being gay, and speaking out and making your voice heard and letting these bigoted politicians know we wont allow them to railroad our community. I appreciate those who will not take discrimination laying down.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 7, 2012 8:24:36 AM

  3. Very cool! I'm impressed that people are willing to go heckle him- although he has ZERO power and will continue to have ZERO power- other than being a mouthpiece for bigotry. He has very little support even in his own party. They through him out on his ear in the late 1990s.

    Lets put this energy to better use on actual elected officials!

    Posted by: tom a | Feb 7, 2012 10:12:25 AM

  4. Totally agree with Francis. These haters with their 1950s mentality think that they can demonize gays and lesbians because they assume that no one will stand up and say "You're talking about ME." So, congratulations to those who have the ability to remain unseen but choose visibility.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 7, 2012 10:30:21 AM

  5. Where's the glitter?

    Posted by: DAVID | Feb 7, 2012 6:26:23 PM

  6. Where is Newt's sister? Isn't she gay? If my brother had views like his and was seeking the office of president i would follow him from state to state publically revealing all his weaknesses in order to undermine his chances of being elected.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 8, 2012 1:58:44 AM

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