EYE OF NEWT

Gingrich Slightly Less Obnoxious Than Santorum About WA Gay-Marriage Measure

On Friday presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich swung through Olympia, WA, for a meeting with Republican legislators. And while the subject of Washington’s recent passing of marriage-equality legislation came up, Gingrich held back from calling the Evergreen State Sodom and Gomorrah on the Pacific.

“I think at least they’re doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will,” Gingrich said.

Opponents of marriage equality have promised to bring the issue to a public referendum in the state, but they’ll need more than 120,000 valid signatures by June 6 to put it on the November ballot.

Gingrich’s response is at least somewhat tolerable compared to his GOP opponent Rick Santorum, who called the passage of same-sex marriage in Washington “a sad day.”