Newt Gingrich, Thrice Married Adulterer, Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage From the Gays

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Newt's portrait as Speaker, when he was hunting Bill Clinton for adultery while committing adultery himself
Behold, the power of NOM, the National Organization for Marriage.

Newt Gingrich announced on Friday that he supports a constitutional amendment to "protect" marriage. This was the same day he signed NOM's ani-gay marriage pledge.

Yes, this is the same Newt Gingrich (who has been married three times, wanted to talk divorce terms with his first wife in her surgical recovery bed so he could move on to the second wife, and hunted Bill Clinton for infidelity while cheating on his second wife with his mistress who'd become his third wife) who is now concerned with, er, protecting marriage.

Newt's pandering to the primary electorate isn't surprising, but there are a couple of interesting takeaways.

First of all, NOM has proven themselves as a major power broker in Republican primaries across the nation. They have gotten every major (and a few minor) Republican candidate -- Romney, Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, basically everyone except for Ron Paul -- to sign their pledge. They have successfully brought their brand of bigotry out from the fringe in state battles front and center to the heart of the Republican party.

Second, it's interesting how mainstream the demonization of same-sex marriage is being played in Iowa of all places, one of the handful of states where it's been legal for a few years now. The bigotry isn't being soft peddled or hidden. Rick Perry is advertising his bigotry as a sign that he's "strong." Bachmann is telling gays they do have the right to marry...people of the opposite sex. (We have to wonder if she'd tell one of her foster daughters to marry a "reformed homosexual.") Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who once curried support from gay constituents, doesn't seem the slightest bit embarrassed to have signed NOM's pledge.

But Gingrich's support is the most brazen. He seems unashamed to bash gays who want to be married given his, shall we say, tenuous personal history with the institution. It seems like the kind of move that could open him up to further scrutiny about the skeletons trapped in his closet. Maybe he was worried that his $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany's didn't prove his loyalty enough to wife number three, or that having Abba's "Dancing Queen" as his cell phone ringtone made him personally suspect, and so he needed to dump on the gays in official NOM style to prove himself Republican enough to carry the GOP mantle.

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher


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Nek_bbew
Nek_bbew

Silly silly people,...the demand by religious folk where they demand everyone respect their beliefs yet at the same time demand re-writing the constitution to help support their hypocrisy is actually funny. The demand that everyone do and think what they say is actually very very funny. The notion that somebody somewhere affects your own personal life is a blatant lie. A silly lie. As far as being defensive that a person would voice detest against the bigoted behavior by these religious / right wing crazy folks is also quite funny. More people SHOULD voice their displeasure with the Nazi styled behavior by right wing people against gay people, immigrants and other minorities.

Leah
Leah

I wonder if the author of this article knows what the word 'bigotry' means. Because judging by its misuse in this article, I'd say 'no'.

'Bigotry' means believing your opinion is superior and being intolerant of anyone else's opinion. Signing a pledge is not bigotry.

Klatufb
Klatufb

and yanks wonder why the rest of the world just shake their heads and laugh at them. it is basic human rights to be able to marry the one you love regardless of colour race religion nationality or gender. mature adults are accountable for their own destinies, not each others who have no connection to them (not my brothers keeper). after all the bible does say to love everyone and nowhere does it use the word except, it also does not say anything about homosexuality at all ( and if you doubt that in the least it proves you are going on what someone else told you and obviously not read the bible for yourselves ) to force anyone into a marriage of convienience does no good for anyone, by forcing anyone into a life of misery so your own individual viewpoint can be satisfied only makes a sham of marriage and inevitable divorce or cheating ( see yank at top of page ) children are not as dumb emotionally as some people think, it can only harm them by raising them in a house of hate and lies and anyone with any intellect can tell you bringing kids up in a loving home only benifits them regardless if the parents are different races, colour, religions or even same sex.

anon
anon

"We have to wonder if [Bachmann would] tell one of her foster daughters to marry a 'reformed homosexual.'"Probably.  After all, SHE married one.

Tom in Long Beach
Tom in Long Beach

Have to agree with Barney Frank that Newt is the perfect person to debate marriage equality with.   

Ninure
Ninure

Excuse my while I fall on the floor laughing my Blessed Assurance off....Oh, wait, he's serious!

Lizzie Bennett
Lizzie Bennett

I give Mr. Thrasher kudos for his clever tactic of making traditional marriage supporters look like the outsiders. He painted us as the ones who are "mainstream," as if it's a recent thing to be for traditional marriage. He also gets kudos for effective sleight of hand, where he equated resisting ssm with bigotry and demonization. Well played, Mr. Thasher.

Guest
Guest

Voters who support candidates such as Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann are failing to see what's right in front of them.  Isn't that what makes a cult? 

scottrose
scottrose

The fuck it isn't.  Sexual orientation apartheid will die the death, and history will mock you for the stupid throwback jerk you are.

Leah
Leah

"it is basic human rights to be able to marry the one you love"

Actually, it's not. There's no country in the world that affords its citizens this "basic human right". Every country has restrictions on who you can marry, whether it's based on age, sex, relationship with the other person, etc etc. No country I am aware of allows its citizens to marry whoever they claim to love.

Guest
Guest

Are you really so silly and consumed by fear that the idea of two men or women marrying one another is going to destroy your marriage and civilization as we know it?

AUGUSTKEN13
AUGUSTKEN13

WHO CARES IF A MAN MARRIES ANOTHER MAN?  AFRAID THAT GAY MARRIAGE MAY NOT HAVE THE FAILURE RATE THAT HETERO MARRIAGE HAS?  I THINK IT IS UP TO 60% DIVORCE RATE.  NEWT DID HIS PART TO KEEP UP !  LOL

scottrose
scottrose

Lizzie Bennett; you ignorant slut!  You haven't gotten the memo, apparently, that equality is not about heterosexual versus homosexual.  Many heterosexual parents, other relatives, friends and associates of gay human beings are long past having accepted their gay children, brothers, sisters, friends et cetera and also long past having first voiced support for their equality.  They have included the gay couples to whom they are related et cetera in the wider circles of love of their whole families. Heterosupremacist a-holes like you, meanwhile, are delusional, and also, becoming shriller and shriller the more obvious it is that you are losing and that the final defeat of your malicious anti-gay bigotry is on the horizon.  Just last week, the stupid cow Janice Crouse made a gay-bashing video in which she claimed that marriage equality "de-stabilizes" society.  Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Canada today having instituted equality are MORE not less stable socially than the United States.  You are an ignorant slut, Lizzie Bennett, and also a bigot and a demonizer.  Like your namesake Lizzie Borden, you insanely take an axe to things that deserve to live, live, live.  You should go look up the word "fatuous" because it fits you like a pointy white hood over a KKK Wizard.  We will not go back in the closet, we will not cower before your vile ignorance and we will not settle for living in a system of sexual orientation apartheid.    

Bonnie Morse
Bonnie Morse

He painted us as the ones who are "mainstream," as if it's a recent thing to be for traditional marriage.

Before even considering the validity of your opinion I have to ask, do you know what "mainstream" means? Because this reads like you don't, and I'm afraid that level of ignorance insures you have no credibility pretty much across the board.

Tom White
Tom White

And your argument against gay marriage is *where* precisely? 'Traditional' marriage has altered quite a bit over the years. Or maybe you'd like to ban mixed marriages while you're at it?

Belle Franciosa
Belle Franciosa

The truth of the matter is that resisting ssm is bigotry and demonization - it is inequality that is not allowed by our constitution.  If 2 men getting married causes your marriage to suffer, then you have much bigger problems already.  

We, as a country, tried the whole "Separate but equal" approach before, and it didn't work.

Your religious beliefs are yours alone, and again, by our constitution, should not take away anyone else's rights, nor should they be forced on anyone else - you live as you believe, and let others live as they believe and the world will be a much happier place.  

Cly Johnston
Cly Johnston

No comment on his main points though I see? Oh how typical.

Leah
Leah

Wow. Apparently scottrose wants to be treated with respect and 'equality' but has no desire to do it for people he disagrees with.

Pot, kettle?

Lizzie Bennett
Lizzie Bennett

Oh my dear Mr. Rose! I have gotten you worked up into quite a sweat! I would offer you my handkerchief if I could. Name calling isn’t a maneuver I use or recommend; most seasoned debaters find it to be a rather coarse and blunt instrument.. But please don’t feel dismayed, Mr. Rose: blunt instruments are quite legitimate for the novice debater such as yourself, and nothing says “scholarship” and “intelligence” quite as well as an authoritative hash tag. In my book you have earned a solid B for your inspiring enthusiasm. Besides, I think it’s fair to say that at least a few of your colleagues are proud of you for demonstrating your use of brute force and intimidation... of course for all your lathered bravery they haven’t felt inspired enough to come forward to deffend your case, on the contrary you seem to have inspired a few gentle souls from your own side to chastise you for said demonstration.... but who really cares about all that? I encourage you thus: no matter how often you fall Mr. Rose, always rise again. Remember, it’s always onward and upward! Of course, back in my day, when marriage between a man and a woman was exclusively supported because it was part of the foundation for western civilization and everybody  understood precisely why this was so, such knowledge becoming lost or hidden nowadays, we never said that men “sweated.” We said they “perspired.” For ladies, we said they “glowed.” Only animals “sweated” and became “lathered.” But as my uncle, Fredrick J. Sanderbury says, “As the civilization goes, so goes the language.” It’s quite a shame, Mr. Rose, and I’m sorry there isn’t much I can do about it.

Westayhome
Westayhome

wow, name calling,,,isn't that what the gay people first protested? and here u r calling her names and prejudging her? what right do u have to call her a slut? she has a right to freedom of speech as do u>>>>but you lowered yourself with your name calling

Lizzie Bennett
Lizzie Bennett

Oh I see. You haven't had enough of those tired old circles. Well no worries, I'm sure some sap will come along shortly and give you your fix.

scottrose
scottrose

From under which slimy bigot boulder did you crawl out, Leah?  Equality is undebatable.  We do not need or even care about a bigot deciding to respect us before we have our inalienable rights. You want to put equality in quotes as you did there? I'll tell you what.  Have your next of kin notify me when you die, and I will arrange a massive gay dance party on your grave. I'll encourage the revelers to drink lots of beer for your waterings.The days of people wantonly insulting LGBTers as though they were Jews in the streets of Nazi Germany, or KKKers at a convention telling "N-word" jokes are over. We will no longer pretend that anti-gay bigots speaking in "civil" tones are anything other than what they are; vicious stinking bigots.  Fuck you, fuck you and fuck you again for having put equality between demeaning punctuation marks. 

Lizzie Barnett
Lizzie Barnett

You are indeed brave, Sir Knight, but the fight is mine. The Black Night replies, “Tis but a flesh wound!”

scottrose
scottrose

Your manifest problem, Dizzie Benrat, is that when you pulled your head out of your ass, your head fell off and all that was left was a talking asshole.

scottrose
scottrose

Well, Alayna, although I acknowledge the value of polite education in many circumstances surrounding equality, I personally also find there is value in telling heterosupremacist theocRATs where to stick it. I don't necessarily require a scolding from you to determine how to respond to the Dizzie Bennets of this world.

Alayna
Alayna

I happen to be lesbian, scottrose, but there is a way to handle situations like this. Take the higher ground and don't stoop to their level. We need to at least attempt to inform. If we start becoming hostile, then we make ourselves out to be no better than they are.

scottrose
scottrose

Pull your head out of your dirty tuchus and stop defending Lizzie the freaking gay basher, you g-damned jerk!  If you don't understand the source of saying "Lizzie, you ignorant slut!" you are ignorant!  (#SNLJANEYOUIGNORANTSLUT)

Tom White
Tom White

I didn't call her a name, and her attitude isn't that great either. She has a right to free speech - and I have the right to say that I find her arguments spurious. (Insofar as she's produced any at all...)

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