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  1. Bill says

    “I don’t accept that there’s an alternative. The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One. That doesn’t mean it can fly.”

    Seriously? This is the voice of Republicans that can give us hope? Clearly he has not “come to see” this issue with any clarity at all. All he is seeing is the writing on the wall. Why is that a “good thing?” Fortunately, as long as they don’t recognize that their fundamental positions on gay marriage and many other issues are wrong, Republicans will never win another national election. And for the record Newt, it’s not that complicated if you are not a homophobe.

  2. says

    either he’s not very bright or he’s pandering to his base, whom we already all know are not very bright.

    remember this pig’s support of north carolina amendment one?

    yeah. traditional third marriage.

  3. Jack M says

    All he’s doing is trying to breathe some life into the dying patient that is the GOP. It’s all about getting the votes and reclaiming the power. Otherwise, Newt has no purpose in life.

  4. reality says

    “…to become one of his party’s loudest voices on marriage equality.” WTF are you talking about? He hasn’t endorsed anything, he’s still against it.

  5. voet says

    While I am not a fan of Newt Gingrich, he obviously is evolving on this issue. Perhaps having a lesbian step sister is helping him see the “human side.” While we all would like him to be further along on our issues, maybe we should cut him some slack for the progress he has made.

  6. Miguel R. says

    A day late and a dollar short, Newt. You and your party put all of your eggs in the narrow-minded, beat-up-on-everyone-who-isn’t-rich-white-and-male, and you lost. Way too late to try to re-brand the GOP now. You have had you chance over the past, oh 16 years, and you decided against it. Sucks to be you, GOP. Sucks to be you.

  7. SC David says

    Newt’s not supporting us, he’s just telling the right wing that they’ve lost and need to get over it. He’s hardly the first on the right to say that. Newt is more deserving of our scorn than our thanks.

  8. Mary says

    I’m confused here. If Newt is not endorsing marriage equality then what is he advocating? The GOP will have no choice but to accept the changing legal reality. I don’t see social conservatives being willing to engage in civil disobedience. Does he just mean they should stop trying to fight for a losing cause? Or that they should find new ways to promote traditional marriage that don’t prevent or disparage same-sex marriage? As a conservative Republican myself, I’d find this last possibility intriguing. But I’m not sure how we’d go about doing this.

  9. Dastius Krazitauc says

    The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One and a serial adulterer can declare himself a traditional marriage defender. Neither one “flies”.

  10. says

    Sounds more like he’s saying, “look, we can’t stop this thing, so just let it happen…at least WE’LL know it’s not really a marriage.”

  11. says

    You are an angry old white male Newt, and you and your begrudging weasel words don’t fly either.

    The election was a clear confrontation between progressives and conservatives.
    The progressives won, Newt, and we will go forward with “our agenda” as that slime Giglio called it…..we will have equality, ENDA, repeal DOMA, recognize foreign same sex marriages have absolute equality in the military and every other shade of equality we deem necessary and appropriate…..

    Anyone welcoming anything from Newt should remember the caution; if you sup with the devil use a long spoon

  12. Bill says

    @Mary: Newt is advocating trying to keep the wingnuts fired up while not appearing completely unreasonable to everyone else. If he really cared about the “Biblical definition of marriage” or whatever he calls it, he wouldn’t have been forced to sign a “no adultery” pledge, or whatever it was that he had to sign to get the religious right wing to not oppose him in the last primary election.

    BTW, the religious conservatives already have a perfectly viable “out” to maintain their beliefs: getting married requires first obtaining a license and then executing the license by having it signed and dated in the presence of two witnesses and an officiant (e.g., a member of some clergy or some other individual authorized to perform marriages) just before the marriage ceremony. They can use the verse in the Bible, “Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s” to distinguish between a religiously sanctioned marriage and a state-sanctioned marriage, or ones sanctioned by other religions (all but one of which are “obviously” false according to many Christians).

  13. EchtKultig says

    Of course he doesn’t actually give two sh-ts about gay people including his sister, and would gladly push the button sending us all to Hell. BUT it’s utterly hilarious to see one of the RNC’s most “intellectual” pater familias realize that the math is hopelessly against them on this one.

  14. evolve or perish says

    A dinosaur has some vague understanding that his environment is changing and is trying to alert his fellow dinosaurs that dark days are ahead for them unless they can evolve.

    That’s Newt alerting the GOP that if they want to win elections the society around them has changed and they need to at least pretend to change.

  15. jamal49 says

    Why do I get the feeling that Towleroad and many of its supporters are just itching to climb into bed with the Republicans?

    Newt Gingrich’s comments are an “acceptance” of marriage equality? Newt Gingrich’s comments are to be viewed as some major sea-change in the GOP’s acceptance for full, civil equality of LGBTQ people?

    B.S. Pure and simple. Sorry, kids, but Gingrich has gay blood on his hands as his whole party has gay blood on its hands.

    Stupid, muddle-headed, half-hearted comments from one of the leading lights of Republican obstruction and obfuscation does not “acceptance” make.

  16. Lars says

    Marriage is a sacred institution, binding a man to his wife. Or his second wife. Or his third wife.

    I clicked on the video (above) hoping to hear this opportunist spew some common sense — opportunistic as that newfound sense may be. But instead his muddled contortions leave me even more confused as to where he stands. Get back to me when you have a clear position on DOMA.

  17. Steve says

    What the hell are you smoking? He said a bunch of incoherent sense and called the civil rights of gay people a “problem”

  18. KCW says

    I knew Gingrich would quickly jettison his supposed principles after the last election because he doesn’t want his party to keep losing and he sees that he and people like him are the George Wallaces and Lester Maddoxes of our day. But what does shock me is to see this blog declare that Gingrich is about “to become one of his party’s loudest voices on marriage equality. And that’s a good thing.”

    Newt Gingrich is NOT a good thing. Not good for gays, not good for America, not good for anyone. His willingness to sacrifice gay people (including his own sister) for votes is only one of his many odious qualities. Remember when he shut the government down? Remember when he voted to impeach President Clinton while he was f*cking a Congressional employee (who is now his third/current wife) while married to his second wife? Remember when he opposed the building of an Islamic house of worship in New York, a city he doesn’t even live in, because he has no respect for Muslim Americans’ freedom of religion? Remember when he campaigned in the Republican loony contest declaring that he had a plan to magically make gasoline cost $2.50 per gallon? This is a man who will say anything for votes. Forget being gay for a moment: Newt Gingrich does not belong in the public life of a decent society. His miraculous conversion to accepting gay people as “human” is NOT a “good thing.” It’s calculated to make him electable. That’s a bad thing. No decent person should want anything to do with this swine — including his support.

    At this point in history, gay people need to tell people like Newt Gingrich: “We don’t need you and neither does our country. Go f*ck yourself. And of course, since you’ve always had such passionately held, Biblical and therefore immutable convictions about the sinfulness and inequality of gay people, you’re going to stick by those positions, aren’t you? Because you’re a man of principle!” And let them lose every national election until Newt Gingrich and his ilk are finally dead.

  19. says

    Mary: “Or that they should find new ways to promote traditional marriage that don’t prevent or disparage same-sex marriage? As a conservative Republican myself, I’d find this last possibility intriguing. But I’m not sure how we’d go about doing this.”

    Umm, sticking TO your marriages (you as in “republicans”) and not extolling the wisdom and virtue of high profile “conservative republicans” who are DIVORCED or ADULTERERS might be the way to start.

    Gingrich, Dole, Armey, Limbaugh, McCain, George Allen, . . .even George Will, all divorced. Then there’s Mark Sanford . . . I mean, your party doesn’t exactly have a shortage of people who make marriage look disposable. We gay folk, however, are more than willing to take up the mantle of with our own ever-more-demonstrably stable families. :)

  20. Not Newt's friend says

    This man is just another Repub crackpot, but he’s come to the realization that his party has to at least mouth some acceptance of what’s happening in the real world, or the Republicans are over.

  21. Yupp says

    Jack Twist : Will you get out of here??!! I swear, you are the most self-hating……(Gingrich never joked about Irish barbarians on St. Patrick’s Day like gays have. And I’m sure HE doesn’t want your family dead).

  22. Steven H says

    “understand that we want to defend marriage in its classic form between a man and a woman. I don’t accept that there’s an alternative. The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One. That doesn’t mean it can fly.”

    With friends like this, who needs enemies?

    When I heard that Gingrich made a statement RE a “human side” to gay rights, I assumed that statement sounded something like this:

    “Now understand that there are actual human beings advocating for gay marriage, and not just liberal governments; therefore, be sure to aim for the enemy’s heart as well, and not just his fiscal cliff.”

    But of course LCR and company can declare that Newt Gingrich is an ally, if they like. That doesn’t mean it can fly.

  23. andrew says

    Why would anyone listen to the views of a serial adulterer and three times married man on the subject of marriage ???

  24. Bill says

    @Steve: where there is a “problem” is when a couple married in one state visit another that does not recognize their marriage and one of them develops an acute illness that requires hospitalization. The solution to that problem is to get rid of DOMA and to require that states that do not have same-sex marriages treat gay couples the same way they would treat straight married couples whose marriage would not be recognized.

    An opposite-sex marriage may be allowed in one state but not in another state due to slight differences between states in how closely a husband and wife can be related and the age at which a couple can decide to be married without parental consent. One state (forget which) has two ages – a default one and a lower one for cases in which there is a pregnancy. For the most part, these are “off by one” differences in where a threshold got set, but the states have to have policies to handle such a situation.

  25. JohnAGJ says

    Personally I could care less what Newt’s motivations are in this or that his comments aren’t exactly a ringing endorsement of SSM. So he’s a political opportunist and seems to be resigned to the fact that the culture is becoming more and more accepting of SSM? His days as a politician are over so that’s no longer a concern. Look, if this can help other Republicans have a change-of-heart, even under protest, or lessen their anti-gay animus, that works for me. The more folks in the GOP accept this the faster it will become a reality and better it will be for us all.

  26. says

    There was a famous political cartoon in 1996 while the Republican congressional leadership were pushing DOMA. Bob Barr wrote the bill, Newt was Speaker of the House and Bob Dole was both Senate Majority Leader and the GOP nominee for president. The cartoon shows the three of them telling a voter, “We believe so strongly in marriage that we have had 8 of them among the 3 of us.”

    Newt was, is and will be a narcissistic, opportunistic, lying hypocrite. At Tulane undergrad he was a liberal.

  27. Stefan says

    Um, how is this a “good thing”? I watched the video twice (that was not fun) and like many here I just cannot see how this even marks the smallest evolution on the issue. He’s simply trying to make it a non-issue because, like any good strategist, he recognizes that being virulently anti-gay is a no-win situation any more.

  28. Stefan says

    Um, how is this a “good thing”? I watched the video twice (that was not fun) and like many here I just cannot see how this even marks the smallest evolution on the issue. He’s simply trying to make it a non-issue because, like any good strategist, he recognizes that being virulently anti-gay is a no-win situation any more.

  29. says

    Newt’s claim to fame was his so called “Contract with America” that did not include,gays,people of color,or working class people. His personal life is a history of failed marriages while talking about family values. His billionaire friends kept him afloat while his political ship of state sunk a long time ago. He along with too many hypocritical Republicans keep showing up on Fox and other politically incorrect Sunday talk shows. Now is not the time to listen to him or the Log Cabin gay Republicans… it should be “Mute the Newt”time in America before he starts showing up at gay parades! He was and still is an evil man. What we need are NEW Republicans talking about today’s issues, not a has-been or never-was like Newt Gingrich!

  30. mmike1969 says

    And I want the DNC to put a full study of bigotry, ignorance, stupidity and intolerance. Let’s start with Newt.

  31. Diogenes Arktos says

    Rachel Maddow had an interesting observation on her 11 January show: the state/local Republicans are disconnected from the national Republicans. For example, the national pols got the message about abortion rights, but the state/locals sure didn’t. I’m not sure it matters at this point what any national Republicans say on LGBT issues – especially marriage equality.