Candace Gingrich-Jones, it’s time to be quiet. It wasn’t too long ago that the lesbian Gay Inc. activist called gay critics of her half-brother bastards. Now she says she’s voting for Obama next year.
In June, Gingrich-Jones (top photo) played apologist for Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich, tying to explain away his anti-gay views as “all politics” and making the argument that she hasn’t “seen him be proactively anti-gay.” You know, other than that whole marriage thing and his pledge to puts military gays back in the closet.
Six months later and Gingrich (bottom photo) is tightening a death grip on the GOP presidential nomination, a complete reversal in his fortunes from the summer when he was flaming out like a newbie drag queen at her first show. And his lesbian half-sister is changing her tune.
Candace Gingrich-Jones, a gay rights activist, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she and her older half-brother, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, were “mutually respectful” but disagree on gay rights.
“He is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues,” Gingrich-Jones said.
She said she would “work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is.”
Maybe Gingrich-Jones thought a little bit more about big bro’s diss when he skipped her same-sex wedding in Kentucky two years ago. Or it could have been all that hand-wringing from her colleagues at the Human Rights Campaign, where Gingrich-Jones is associate director for youth and campus outreach.