(CNN) - Asked how he plans to engage the gay community in his bid for president, Newt Gingrich on Tuesday told a voter he wouldn't be the right choice for those basing their decision on the issue of same-sex marriage.
"If that's the most important (issue) to you, then you should be for Obama," Gingrich told Scott Arnold, a man who identified himself as gay.
"Okay. I am, but thank you," Arnold replied.
The comment ended a rather cordial exchange between the two at a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Arnold, an adjunct professor at William Penn University, approached the former speaker, asking Gingrich how he would sway voters who disagreed with him on same-sex marriage.
"How do you plan to engage and get the hope of gay Americans and those who support them?" Arnold asked.
Gingrich replied saying he doesn't expect to get the backing from voters solely focused on changing the definition of marriage.
"And I accept that that's a reality," Gingrich said.
Gingrich has frequently taken a conservative line on the issue. Last week, he signed a pledge with the National Organization for Marriage, promising, among many things, to back a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and woman.
"On the other hand, for those for whom it's not the central issue in their life –if they care about job creation, if they care about national security, if they care about a better future for the country at large-then I think I'll get their support," Gingrich said.
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Since he is on his 4th marraige, he probably is not the right one to give advice, about what or who should constitute a successful marraige
Actually that was a fair and complete answer by Gingrich. When you look at everything our nation faces and needs to deal with those people who are only focused on same sex marriage they aren't looking at the bigger picture when compared to jobs, security, financial stability. Does same sex marriage really matter if the country is broke and bankrupt?
Maybe Newt can help pass a resolution that says people who cheat on their wives more than once can't pretend to have values.
So if I understand Newt correctly, if you are gay and would like to get married (or straight and believe gay people should be allowed to get married) then you don't care about job creation, national security, or a better future for the country at large. I had no idea that freedom between consenting adults had anything to do with those issues. I'm so glad Newt cleared that up for me. Finally, we know who to blame for unemployment, terrorism, and a bleak future, and it isn't the democrats! It's people who are in love. No wonder Newt has cheated on his 2 previous wives, his commitments to his country were much stronger than his marriage vows.
Newt Gingrich, conservative "values" candidate, philanderer, liar, hypocrite, condescender. And his horrifying-looking wife – cheater, weird hair ninja. Yeah, he belongs on the ticket, alright. Conservatives have short memories, but no worries – we'll remind you whenever it's needed. That'll be pretty much every day til the election.
You have to interpret his answer in view of his lack of respect for the institution of marriage itself, as shown from his personal history...
Yes Newt, I can see how you are such a staunch adversary of gay marriage. You have been such a wonderful example of how marriage is such a sacred bond...
Holy Crap!!!!! A politician that answered the question with a straightforward, honest reply. I may not agree with all of Gingrich's policies but I appreciate his candor and he is starting to look like a viable option to me.
Anyone who is willing to change the Constitution Of The United States
and turn Americans into second class citizens because of thier own beliefs
is a Traitor to that constitution.
This Document should never be tampered with unless it is for
making life better for all Americans.
If you let the Conservative, rich, religious right wing party
control this nation, after gays, who goes next ?
This happened in Germany in 1933.
Remember how well that worked out ?
This is very dangerous.
Dont let this happen in America.
Translation: "I'm a giant bigot and think I can get elected without you, and by extension, people like you...and I intend to do so and then turn around and screw you because I hate people like you. I won't be your POTUS...I'll be your nightmare."
Well, there goes another one. Ron Paul, you're next up to the top!
Better Newt than Willard M. Romney. At least Newt is consistantly Right-wing;whereas weather vane Mitt flip and flop depending on the audience. Mitt just doesn't have a clue how joe six-pack lives, shopping at the marts, having a vehicle serviced..lifes simple things...he hasn't a clue with his fake jeans..
Well, it doesn't get any plainer than that!
For all you Log Cabin gays, keep supporting the GOP if you want to continue to be second class citizens.
Little newt stated it up front and proud, that is where you will stay.
I'll give him points for honesty, but I'll give him twice as many points for stupidity. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa for more than a year and to the best of anyone's observation, the sky has not fallen, heterosexual marriage has not been devalued, most children have grown up to be the people their parents hoped they would be, etc. In short, nothing has changed, so why the big issue with allowing people to marry the person whom they love?
I don't think we should redefine marriage either. Marriage is a religious institution. Government should not recognize marriage at all.
Newt was articulate and honest with the gentleman, who seemed cordial and civil despite a difference in perspectives. I still do not understand the preoccupation of this issue in the minds of so many, when our country has so many more pressing problems. LIve and let live, but don't proselytize.
Limiting the rights of gay people is no different that those Presidents who supported limiting the rights of women or blacks in years past, and look at how that went. Those with limited visibility to the rights of ALL people should never be elected President of our UNITED States. Period. I may be straight, but I have many gay friends who deserve nothing less than I do simply because of their choice of company. They are people too. They are Americans. People like Newt and most of these disparaging Tea Partiers disgust me.
"to back a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and woman."
Why is it when the repubs feel something isn't according to their ideology they must amend the constitution? These are same people who protect the body of the constitution as it stands now!!! I cannot trust people who will bend the rules for their own sake!!!! As if they have no respect for those who disagree!
Yeah, cause letting Gay people get married would surely destroy the institution of marriage. Not people who cheat on their wives and get divorced, nope, that's not doing a thing.
@ DDanny1 – that my friend was a hilarious post.
Good for you Newt – I respect your stand in the face of confrontation. It's refreshing for a candidate not to continually acquiesce and avoid tough questions, especially on the topic of gay marriage. It shows maturity and a mental toughness that few candidates have and/or are willing to show in today's political system.
Don't worry, fat slime ball.... WE WILL
"Gingrich replied saying he doesn't expect to get the backing from voters solely focused on changing the definition of marriage."
You TOTALLY TWISTED this CNN! Nothing was said (that you quoted) about changing the defintion of marriage. "Gay Marriage" does NOT change the definition of marriage....and you call yourselves a world leader in news. SHAME ON YOU
life isn't fair. get over it.
Huh.....Obama says he doesn't support Gay Marriage either.......