If you didn’t think our doomsday countdown proved the world is ending tomorrow, this breaking item should shore things up for you: GOP bigwig Newt Gingrich admitted to The Huffington Post that, “the reality is going to be that in a number of American states—and it will be more after 2014 —gay relationships will be legal, period.”
Wow, a Republican actually looked at the sky and said it was blue!
But how does that square with the fact that the former House Speaker was one of the architects of DOMA? “I didn’t think [same-sex marriage] was inevitable 10 or 15 years ago, when we passed the Defense of Marriage Act. It didn’t seem at the time to be anything like as big a wave of change as we are now seeing.”
So basically Gingrich based his view on what he thought was popular, not on what was just.
Of course, being a GOP stalwart, Newt couldn’t conduct an interview without pissing on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: “I would have probably done better,” he opined about his former rival. “I don’t want to be arrogant and say I would have done better [but] I would say my impression is that, from the Obama team’s standpoint, the two candidates they found the hardest to cope with were Perry and me.”
We’re gonna go out on a limb and say Newt and Rick were the hardest for anyone to cope with.
While we can’t imagine Gingrich’s comments will have an immediate impact on GOP legislation or strategy, they do help carve out a space in Conservativeland for Republicans who support LGBT equality. “Our party must keep pace with the American people if it is to remain relevant in the political process, and as we saw in the recent election, we have some changes to make,” the group Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry declared in a statement. “Mr. Gingrich’s call for Republicans to acknowledge widespread support for equal treatment of all loving, committed couples is a good start. We hope other leading Republicans will follow suit.”