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Gingrich wants House to retaliate against Obama over DOMA

Former House Speaker won’t rule out impeachment hearings

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Friday that President Obama’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court could lead to a constitutional crisis and called on House Republicans to take steps against him.

“I believe the House Republicans next week should pass a resolution instructing the president to enforce the law and to obey his own constitutional oath,” Gingrich said, “and they should say if he fails to do so that they will zero out [defund] the office of attorney general and take other steps as necessary until the president agrees to do his job.”

Asked by Newsmax TV directly whether President Obama could be subject to articles of impeachment, Gingrich said, “Clearly it is a dereliction of duty and a violation of his constitutional oath and is something that cannot be allowed to stand.”

Gingrich suggested that if Sarah Palin had taken a similar action as president, calls for impeachment would follow.

“Imagine that Governor Palin had become president,” he said.”Imagine that she had announced that Roe versus Wade in her view was unconstitutional and therefore the United States government would no longer protect anyone’s right to have an abortion because she personally had decided it should be changed. The news media would have gone crazy. The New York Times would have demanded her impeachment.”

Gingrich reportedly said Obama campaign in favor of DOMA and is “breaking his word to the American people.” Gingrich’s assertion is incorrect. Obama called for full repeal of DOMA during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Second,” Gingrich said, “he swore an oath on the Bible to become president that he would uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a one-person Supreme Court. The idea that we now have the rule of Obama instead of the rule of law should frighten everybody.”

A Gingrich spokesperson reportedly clarified after the interview that the former House speaker doesn’t believe the country is currently in a constitutional crisis and said Gingrich isn’t calling for the direct impeachment of the president. His statements, according to the spokesperson, were meant to illustrate the hypocrisy of the left and the mainstream media.

Gingrich is widely speculated to be considering a run for the Republican nomination to become the next president and has said he’d announce his decision on whether he’ll pursue the office in the next two weeks.

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  1. Heywood Jablowme

    February 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I love when the opponents of Marriage Equality say…”If passed who is going to pay for all the benefits like SSI survivor benefits and the tax breaks?”…answer finally WE ALL WILL! Straight people have been getting a free ride on the backs of gays for years. Generally we make more money and are better educated contributing far more money to all the rights afforded not able to access most of them. For the most part we dont have children but pay for your schools, we do not enjoy SSI survivor benefits but pay into SSI with every paycheck. If our husband or wife is in the Armed Forces and is killed in battle no widow/widower benefits. Not to mention the other plethora of benefits afforded married straight people. If you arent interested in affording homosexuals the same rights…fine…then we should not continue to pay any portions of the unfair advantages that you reap from our contributions. Fighting this is pointless…the cat is out of the bag…this ship has sailed…this bell has been rung…Marriage Equality is GOING to happen…what will be remembered…is who was on the right side of history and who was on the wrong side.

  2. hank kelly

    February 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Oh yeah, like Gingrich has any credibility about the sanctitity of marriage. He dumped his first wife while she lay in the hospital suffering from cancer. Another Republican self righteous hypocrite.

  3. Peter Rosenstein

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Well Newt Gingrich is desparate for an issue to run on. It is sad that this much married adulterer would sink to the gutter to find one.

  4. Rick Rosendall

    February 26, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Peter, the gutter is all Newt knows. But the quick “clarification” is amusing. He is a political arsonist yet he can’t stand his ground for one news cycle. He attacks the President over DOMA yet cannot get his facts right about Obama’s position on it either in 2008 (when he called for full DOMA repeal) or now (which he said he will continue to enforce Section 3, just not defend it). He may think the facts don’t matter, and maybe they wouldn’t if more people were as hysterical on this subject. But Newt has stirred one too many mob. A friend suggested last night that Obama is goading the radical right to lure them way out on a rickety limb, and he may be right.

    • Aarrgghh

      February 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      comment was not meant for you, sorry… see below

  5. Steve Lawrence

    February 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I prefer to judge people based on their views of the issues rather than their individual private lives. When I am perfect, then I’ll cast the first stone. The issue for me is not the constitutional validity of DOMA. The constitution provides a proper way to deal with that. The issue here is whether the executive branch is usurping the judiciary. I stand in disagreement with Newt when his spokesperson reports that he doesn’t believe the country is currently in a constitutional crisis. If the President’s infringement on the judiciary is not addressed and acted upon by my congressional representatives as improper, to the highest degree, then I will seek new representation through future elections.

    • Aarrgghh

      February 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      perhaps you should re-read (maybe a few times so it sinks in) the part where it says that the administration will “enforce the law” just not defend it’s constitutionality.. reading comprehension is your friend.

  6. Cheryl Williams

    February 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Actually the President is not infringing on the judiciary. DOMA has already been declared unconstitutional in 2 federal courts. Pres. Obama is merely cutting expenses by not wasting money to pay lawyers to defend a law that is destined to lose. Just because Congress passes it does not ever mean that it passes constitutional muster. Congress has had lots of its laws overturned by the court because it tends to overstep its bounds and get WAY too full of itself. Obama is NOT the first President to have refused to defend a law on the belief that it was unconstitutional. Trust me if Gingrich or any other Republican were President then they would be refusing to defend the Affordable Health Care Act as if their life depended on it. It has just been made out to seem new, different, foreign and horrible when it is Pres. Obama objecting to a piece of socially conservative legislation (which is typically unconstitutional because it almost always discriminates against one group of people or another)

  7. Gingrich that stole Xmas

    March 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Well Cheryl, truth be known, and you know it too, this was Bill Clinton’s D.O.M.A. I’ve always wondered how his adulterant ass had the nerve to mention anything related marriage in ear shot of Hillary. I’m as surprised that Newt can even form the word marriage as well. Two cheats at both ends of this debate.

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Anti-LGBTQ Daily Wire host says 2 men shouldn’t be allowed to adopt babies

” […] because babies need mothers. They also need fathers, which is why two women shouldn’t be allowed either.”

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NASHVILLE – Anti-LGBTQ Daily Wire podcast and YouTuber Matt Walsh joined the growing chorus of far-right and conservative voices outraged that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg went on paternity leave from his job in August after he and his husband Chasten had adopted two children.

On his show Monday Walsh not only criticized Buttigieg, but he attacked same-sex couples adopting children altogether.

It’s absurd for any public employee, paid on taxpayer dime, to be given that much time off. Now, you can make an argument for women on maternity leave but not for men. Paternity leave is a nice luxury for private companies that can afford it. The U.S. government is not a private company – it’s a public institution, deeply in debt, failing in just about every way and everywhere. So this is not a time and not the place for those kinds of luxuries. But that’s the somewhat safer point to make, right? You are in a much more hazardous place, you are in more hazardous waters when you go away from that and, instead, you start saying mildly critical things about paternity leave in general as a concept.”

I also didn’t say that there’s nothing at all for a man to do for his family after a child is born. I said that as far as caring for the newborn himself, most of that is going to be done by the mother. She, in most cases, will be feeding the child. The child also needs and wants his mother’s presence, his mother’s touch, her voice. The father should be interacting with the baby also, obviously, but the infant is far more focused on his mother at that age. And needs his mother more. There is no mother in the Buttigieg household, but that doesn’t change the point here.”

Babies need their mothers, which is why two men shouldn’t be allowed to adopt babies in the first place. And the outrage mob can now start a secondary campaign over that comment. But I’ll say it again. Two men should not be allowed to adopt babies because babies need mothers. They also need fathers, which is why two women shouldn’t be allowed either.

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Pete Buttigieg calls out Tucker Carlson over attack

Fox News host mocked transportation secretary over paternity leave

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (Washington Blade file photo)

Appearing remotely on MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace’s politics program Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for the attack on his parental leave.

“This attack is coming from a guy who has yet to explain his apparent approval for the assassination of Harvey Milk, ” Buttigieg said.

During his Thursday evening program Carlson said, “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child—paternity leave, they call it—trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went. But now he’s back in office as the transportation secretary and he’s deeply amused, he says, to see that dozens of container ships can’t get into this country.”

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Biden recognizes National Coming Out Day as time to honor LGBTQ people

White House statement denounces ‘bullying and harassment’

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President Biden recognized Oct. 11 as National Coming Out Day in a statement on Monday calling the occasion a time to celebrate the “courage of LGBTQ+ people who live their lives with pride, create community with open arms and hearts, and showcase the strength of being your authentic self.”

Biden ticked off in the statement the achievements on LGBTQ policy, including signing an executive order on his first day in his office ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year against anti-LGBTQ discrimination to the furthest extent possible.

“Despite the extraordinary progress our nation has made, our work to ensure the full promise of equality is not yet done. Anti-LGBTQ+ bills still proliferate in state legislatures,” Biden said. “Bullying and harassment — particularly of young transgender Americans and LGBTQ+ people of color — still abounds, diminishing our national character. We must continue to stand together against these acts of hate, and stand up to protect the rights, opportunities, physical safety, and mental health of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.”

Read Biden’s full statement below:

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on National Coming Out Day

Today, we celebrate National Coming Out Day and the courage of LGBTQ+ people who live their lives with pride, create community with open arms and hearts, and showcase the strength of being your authentic self. Today and every day, I want every member of the LGBTQ+ community to know that you are loved and accepted just the way you are – regardless of whether or not you’ve come out.

My Administration is committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people can live openly, proudly, and freely in every corner of our nation. I am proud to lead an Administration with LGBTQ+ officials serving openly at the highest levels of government — and prouder that together we have made historic progress advancing protections and equal opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community. From acting on Day One to prevent and combat discrimination, to enabling all qualified Americans – including transgender Americans – to serve their country in uniform, to defending the human rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world, my Administration has been clear that we will continue to champion the dignity, equality, and wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Despite the extraordinary progress our nation has made, our work to ensure the full promise of equality is not yet done. Anti-LGBTQ+ bills still proliferate in state legislatures. Bullying and harassment — particularly of young transgender Americans and LGBTQ+ people of color — still abounds, diminishing our national character. We must continue to stand together against these acts of hate, and stand up to protect the rights, opportunities, physical safety, and mental health of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. From defeating discriminatory bills to passing the Equality Act, we have more work to do to ensure that every American can live free of fear, harassment, and discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.

To LGBTQ+ people across the country, and especially those who are contemplating coming out: know that you are loved for who you are, you are admired for your courage, and you will have a community — and a nation — to welcome you. My Administration will always have your back, and we will continue fighting for the full measure of equality, dignity, and respect you deserve.

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