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Newt Gingrich Says Married Gay Couples Are Only “Friends” At GOP Debate

by David Badash on January 7, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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Santorum Commits To Invalidating Existing Gay Marriages

At tonight’s GOP debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich called married gay couples “friends,” demeaning the significance of their relationships. Gingrich then went on to claim there was “secular bigotry” against the Catholic Church, which he falsely claimed was forced to close its adoption centers rather than allow same-sex couples to adopt.

“We want to make it possible to have those things that are most intimately human between friends,” Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times amid multiple adulterous affairs, told the Republican audience.

“It is a huge jump from being understanding and considerate and concerned, which we should be, to saying we therefore are going to institute the sacrament of marriage as though it has no basis,” added Gingrich.

Calling the Obama administration, which is slowly showing signs of support for gay marriage,  biased and bigoted, Gingrich also claimed Obama was discriminating against the Catholic Church.

Rick Perry also played the “war against religion” card at tonight’s debate, stating there “is a war against religion and it’s going to stop under a Perry administration.”

All the candidates spoke strongly against same-sex marriage.

“I’m certainly not going to have a federal law that bans adoption for gay couples, when there are only gay couples in certain states,” Rick Santorum stated, which was mild considering his anti-gay attacks, especially over the past few days.

Mitt Romney, a Mormon, balked at having same-sex relationships called “marriage.” “There is every right for people in this country to form long-term committed relationships with one another. That doesn’t mean that they have to call it marriage.”

Jon Huntsman went as far as supporting civil unions. “Personally, I think civil unions are fair,” said the former Utah Governor. “I support them. It brings a level of dignity to relationships.”

Michael Lavers at Edge On The Net added:

Romney, Perry and Santorum said they back a federal constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. WMUR Political Director Josh McElveen pressed Santorum on the fact that the Federal Marriage Amendment would invalidate the marriages of 1,800 same-sex couples who have taken advantage of New Hampshire’s marriage equality law since it took effect in Jan. 2010.

“If the constitution says marriage is between a man and a woman, marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “That’s what marriage is – and would be in this country. And those who are not men and women who are married are-would not be married. That’s what the Constitution would say.”

Here’s a compilation, thanks to Igor Volsky at Think Progress.

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Robroberts2009 January 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Santorum is talking about retroactively destroying the most important relationship and commitment in the lives of currently married same sex couples. I literally have no words to describe Santorum, but a few might fit — "prick", "monster"' ' "sociopath"' "brainwashed bigot" and "self loathing closeted homosexual" come to mind. The sooner we flush this piece of trash down the toilet the better. I sense that one day Santorum will regret badly that he decided to pick a fight with millions of us. We will not soon forget what he has said, and his reputation as fecal matter and lube will be the least of his worries.

bobzaguy January 8, 2012 at 3:35 am

however it will remain his most difficult situation to remove.
Please once a week, type in "santorum" into google to keep it on top.

Monroe94102 January 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

I would like to express my attitude towards Mitt, Newt, Santorum and Catholic Inc. in a song sung by a Lily Allen:

PFLAGmom January 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

My daughter was married by her husband-to-be's mom after she got a $35 internet ordination. My son was married by a judge in a courthouse. What is this with Newt saying it is a sacrament? We're talking civil marriage here. Churches will continue to decide what couples they wish to marry, like they always have.

A true conservative would realize that forcing gay couples into cohabitation, with the many heterosexuals already choosing that, makes the example of love, romance and sex flourishing entirely outside of marriage, increasingly fashionable. They should worry less about the example of gays marrying than the example gays are already setting by not marrying. Gay couples want what all loving committed couples want. And don't they realize they are forcing children in gay households to have unmarried parents!!! That's a great lesson for them to learn. It is these conservatives who will wonder someday why they undermined marriage in an effort to keep homosexuals out.

Snarke_Diem January 8, 2012 at 1:05 am

Here's the deal: Newt's a Catholic now, and converts are almost always more zealous than people who have been raised in Catholicism. If you listen carefully to Newt, he now speaks the very specific language of Catholic Christianity, and he constantly whines about how Christians are "persecuted" and targets of "secular bigotry." Both he and Santorum (another zealot) are loyal first to the Pope and the Vatican, second to their local priest and bishop. They must not ever be re-elected to the U.S. House, Senate, and must certainly never be allowed anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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