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Gingrich Wants GOP To Understand 'Human Side' Of Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Say what you will about failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, but the former Republican House Speaker is poised, either by design or by circumstance, to become one of his party's loudest voices on marriage equality. And that's a good thing.

A few weeks ago Gingrich said he's come to see the "reality" of our changing culture, and last night Gingrich told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that he hopes the GOP will come to understand the "human side" of same-sex love.

An excerpt, via JMG:

I think this is a very complicated human problem and Republicans need to take a deep breath and understand we need to deal with the human side of this equation — and 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. It’s not that I want to change my belief. I think that in fact it’s a big mistake to be confused about this issue.

But I think it’s also a legal reality that now people are being allowed to create legal status over here.

Watch video of Gingrich's latest remarks AFTER THE JUMP. The pertinent comments begin at about the 8 minute mark.

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  1. "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.

    Posted by: Steven H | Jan 10, 2013 5:53:16 PM


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

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 10, 2013 6:24:34 PM


  3. @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.


    Posted by: Bill | Jan 10, 2013 7:11:16 PM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Jan 10, 2013 7:14:10 PM


  5. 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.

    Posted by: John | Jan 10, 2013 9:05:45 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 10, 2013 9:49:25 PM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 10, 2013 9:49:26 PM


  8. 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!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 11, 2013 7:31:32 AM


  9. Old racist leopards don't change, valuable blog space wasted.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Jan 11, 2013 7:48:43 AM


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

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 12, 2013 5:53:37 PM


  11. 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.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 12, 2013 10:13:46 PM


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