Candace Gincrich-Jones and Newt Gingrich never lived in the same house growing up and as adults, they find themselves residing on far different ends of the spectrum when it comes to LGBT issues.
The younger sister came out publicly as a lesbian in 1987 when Gingrich was Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives and pushed through such anti-LGBT legislation as Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Gingrich-Jones tells The Advocate that if her sibling is elected president, it would be a blow to LGBT equality.
'What’s at stake is whether we continue to move forward and stay in the 21st century or whether we get tossed back to the 20th century,' she says. 'There would be no, I don’t think, positive movement for LGBT people in our country, and quite possibly and quite probably there would be motions undertaken to take away the things that have been accomplished.'
She was dismayed to see Gingrich sign part of the Iowa group Family Leader's 'Marriage Vow' expressing his support for defending DOMA and for passing a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. He has also pledged to try and reinstate DADT which prevents gays and lesbians from being open about their sexuality in the military.
Gingrich-Jones works with the Human Rights Campaign and is supporting President Barack Obama's campaign for reelection. Still, if her brother does end up being the Republican nominee, she expects to see some terrific debates between the two candidates.
'One thing that I think we’ve known and that we’ve definitely seen is that [Gingrich] really good at debating, so we would see, during those occasions, that he would prove to be formidable,' she says. 'But at the end of the day, there’s absolutely no, no comparison, so when debating topics, issues of equality and things related to that, he’s not going to get anywhere debating President Obama.'