Newt Gingrich on Gay Marriage: Shameless and/or Fearless

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Aug. 5 2010 11:17 AM

Newt Gingrich on Gay Marriage: Shameless and/or Fearless

Newt Gingrich would like you to know, via the Newt Gingrich Twitter feed , that you can find his thoughts on the Proposition 8 ruling at Newt.org . Here they are:

Judge Walker's ruling overturning Prop 8 is an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife. In every state of the union from California to Maine to Georgia, where the people have had a chance to vote they've affirmed that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

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"An outrageous disrespect" is a little grammatically shaky for a scholar and published author. Still, unlike Sarah Palin's sanitized Facebook feed , Newt.org doesn't seem to mind a little dissent. Or a lot of it. Some of the comments that have been up on Gingrich's site since last night: 

• Newt you cheated on your first wife then dumped her when she was in the hospital with cancer. Later you cheated on your second wife with a 27 year old congressional aide. Maybe you should pipe down about defending marriage.

• No, I want to hear more from the twice-divorced man about how marriage has to be reserved for one man and one woman. I wonder if the two former Mrs. Gingriches would testify as to Newt's reverence for marriage.

• Do we have a right to judge Mr. Gingrich? People make mistakes, people change and regret their former mistakes. How do we really know him and the reasons that caused his divorces. It is it our duty to judge him? I happen to think that people change or that we have never learned the truth to his changes. Quite frankly I feel it not our place to be in judgment of him.

• Mr. Gingrich will become immune to allegations of hypocrisy on the issue of marriage when he stops passing judgment on the right of others to marry.

• No one with Mr. Gingrich's sorry record of serial adultery and failed marriages has any business dictating who may marry and under what conditions they may do so... Due to his personal history, silence is the only honorable option left to Mr Gingrich.

• I respect you tremendously, Newt, and if you run, I'll vote for you. But I wholeheartedly disagree with you on this. I hope you and my fellow conservatives change their minds about this. The churches can, should, and need to do what they deem fit, but the state does not have that freedom. It needs to apply the law equally to everyone.

• Newt, I am a libertarian. In fact, a CONSERVATIVE libertarian. However, as a CHRISTIAN, I can't condone the inequality that Proposition 8 created. If we want to make marriage a religious institution, then NO ONE should be allowed to be married and have special rights as such through the government. Let churches marry and everyone in the country has civil unions.

Newt Gingrich is unafraid to face his critics. That or he has a lazy webmaster. Either way, right now, the top-rated comment on Ginrgich's Prop 8 post—liked by 49 Newt.org readers—is "Which one of your multiple marriages was the most sacred to you?" That, Sarah Palin, is some real online community-building.

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

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