UPDATE (12/21/11 12PM): Now with video!
The Des Moines Register reports that during an event at the Smokey Row Coffee House, Scott Arnold—associate professor of writing at William Penn University—asked Republican presidential candidate Newt “America’s Sweetheart” Gingrich how he plans on engaging gay Americans.
Gingrich’s alleged answer: vote for Obama.
“I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,” Arnold. told the Register. “When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest, It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t’ need your support.”
It’s telling when even Republicans say that gays, no matter their political affiliation, are better off voting for Obama. Gingrich’s lack of tact might partially explain why he’s no longer the current GOP front runner—and why he’s on wife number three.
@Shannon1981: Do you know that Newt is not the only republican running, and does not speak for them all? Do you know that Ron Paul is running as a republican, does not hate us, and wants our votes? Do you also know that he is where Obama is on gay rights, and even more for our rights in some cases?
Ron Paul is a republican. Ron Paul does not hate us. Therefore, “They hate you” is completely inaccurate.
Full disclosure, I have always voted democrat, and probably will this year too. Just pointing out that you should not make sweeping generalizations about republicans, especially with someone like Ron Paul in the race. (although most would consider him an independent, he is running as a republican)
@Kurt: When given the opportunity to vote on ENDA, Ron Paul did not vote against it. He abstained from the voting on HR 3685. And not because he hates us, it is because he does not believe in federal regulations like discrimination laws of any kind.
Again, I’m not saying I would vote for him (he gets a little crazy sometimes heh). I’m just saying that the phrase “they all hate us” is not true. Just *most* of them do :-)
“I am supportive of all voluntary associations and people can call it whatever they want.” – Ron Paul on supporting gay marriage
@Shannon1981: “Ron Paul might be running as a Republican, but he is hardly one of them. He is simply running on a ticket he has a chance to win on.”
Ok, haha you got me there. I agree with that 100%
@declanto: Because the Constitution does not entitle the federal government the right to dictate laws about behavior or association in his view. Yes, it is an extreme case of “you’re on your own”. If you do not like it, move to another state. The problem with his line of thinking there, is a new Jim Crow era. I know he wants to let the state decide even on things like outlawing sodomy (he is against Lawrence v Texas). I’m also curious if he feels the same way about other issues like interracial marriage, women’s rights including voting. What if a state suddenly wants to jail left handed people? (Not just for *being* left handed of course, for *using* their left hand, since that is the choice). But I still think he’s better than a Bachmann presidency haha.