October 1, 2011 at 11:44 am EST | by Chris Johnson
Gingrich: Marriage equality a ‘temporary aberration’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called same-sex marriage a “temporary aberration that will dissipate” on Friday at a campaign event he hosted in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

“I believe that marriage is between a man and woman,” Gingrich was quoted as saying. “It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know.”

Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker who has been married three times and has previously admitted to committing adultery, reportedly made the statement in response to an audience member question during an event he held at a Best Western hotel. Iowa is among the six states in the country where same-sex marriage is legal.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, chided Gingrich for his comments and said they reflect his failure to understand American values.

“Newt Gingrich is unquestionably expert in ‘temporary aberration,’ but his failure to respect, or even acknowledge, the love and commitment that gay couples, like non-gay couples, seek to express and strengthen through marriage make his prediction as dubious as his grasp of history and American values,” Wolfson said. “You’d think by now Mr. Gingrich would at least have more respect for the freedom to marry.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Thank you for sharing, Newt, but even some leaders in the religious right now admit that they are on the wrong side of history.

  • Kit9

    So the man who served his wife divorce papers while she was in her cancer treatment hospital bed, who was already fucking another woman whom he married, and then fucked around on her with his 3rd mistress/wife is telling me that
    I am immoral. Right.

  • Cynthia

    What an idiot…lets hope that ‘ol Newt is a temporary aberration

  • jimbo

    Something tells me Newt’s campaign is at best a temporary aberration at this point.

  • metta

    What an embarrassment he is. Too many Voters are really messed up that they put such nuts in power.

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