Surprise! Newt Gingrich endorses gay marriage

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imageWas the lesbian half-sister of Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich right about him softening on LGBT issues? When it comes to New York marriage, maybe so for this presidential wannabe.

Let’s forget about how much Gingrich sucked when it came to the GOP presidential debate earlier this month. That’s when he touted his efforts to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 as Speaker of the U.S. House and advocated keeping gay members of the military in the closet.

Instead, let’s look to his comments on Saturday, a day after New York enshrined gay marriage in the law books. His reference to Iowa below relates to a 2009 ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing gay marriage in the state, something Gingrich later opposed by bankrolling efforts to oust three of the justices who voted in favor of marriage equality. Forgot about that – here’s what he’s saying now:

”Iowa was a very different case from New York. I mean, Iowa was seven judges deciding that they would arbitrarily overturn the laws and the culture of the state of Iowa which is fundamentally different. I mean New York at least, whether you agree or disagree with the outcome, it is in the elected process and it is in the legislature and it is with the governor and that’s the right venue.

Say what? The guy who helped pass a federal gay marriage ban through Congress 15 years ago now says let state lawmakers step into the issue? Hmph.

But lest we forget – and we really want to – about that federal DOMA ban, Gingrich quickly hits on it during his comments Saturday.

“I helped sponsor the Defense of Marriage Act which basically doesn’t transfer automatically to all 50 states. I think the president should be, frankly, enforcing that act and I think we are drifting towards a terrible muddle which I think is going to be very, very difficult and painful to work our way out of.

Then there was this final sucker punch.

“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I think that’s what marriage ought to be and I would like to find ways to defend that view as legitimately and effectively as possible.”

Ok, okay. We get it. Gingrich kinda sorta backed gay marriage, after he hated on it and before he hated on it again. Apologize away for that, Candace Gingrich-Jones.

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