Callista is perhaps most famous for being Newt Gingrich’s ”other woman.” If there’s one person gays love rallying around, it’s the “other woman.” (i.e. Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, and the list goes on and on.)
She and Newt engaged in a six-year extramarital affair from 1993 to 1999 before he finally got around to divorcing second wife, Marianne, to whom he had been married to for nearly 20 years and who had just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. (Coincidentally, he informed his first wife he wanted a divorce while she was sick with cancer.) And, yes, you remember correctly, this was all happening at the same time he was publicly skewering President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
True, Callista has a bit of a Stepford wife quality to her — blonde hair, blue eyes, pearl necklaces, designer skirt suits — but get a few glasses of pinot gris in her and we bet she’d loosen right up. Plus we admire that she insisted Newt buy her designer clothing and jewelry and take her on an expensive cruise right in the thick of his presidential campaign, thereby managing to be both fabulous and distracting him from his wicked political designs.
Think of how fun it would be to sip white wine spritzers with her while gossiping about all the closeted Republican Senators. You know she’s got the dirt.
Though Callista herself has never gone on record about her stance on LGBT rights, her husband, whose half-sister is a lesbian, has been a staunch opponent for years. During his failed bid for President in the 2012 election, he proudly signed the Family Leader’s controversial “Marriage Vow,” committing his support in backing a U.S. constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. This despite the fact that even our most bad-boy friends are more loyal than he is to their spouses. And in 2010, he secretly funneled $350,000 into several anti-LGBT groups.
While we in no way hold Callista accountable for her husband’s actions, we can’t help but wonder why she continues to stand by his side. Does she share her husband’s beliefs? Or does she simply put up with them because he’s so damn generous?
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