Republican Senator Rob Portman’s recent reversal on same sex marriage continues to reverberate in the GOP.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to be against marriage equality, but isn’t running away from Portman’s new position.
‘I’m not going to second guess Rob Portman,’ said to the cable news channel CNN (as reported by Politico). ‘He’s an old personal friend. I think when you have somebody in your immediate family who comes in, you have three choices: You can say say, "I believe my principles so much, I’m kicking you out." You can say say, "I still believe in my principles, but I love you." Or you can say, "Gee, I love you so much I’m changing my principles,"’ Gingrich said.
While firmly standing against LGBT families and couples, the failed presidential candidate noted trouble could arise if gay marriages are found in some US states but not others.
‘Whether you are for traditional marriage or you are for somehow changing it, we have to understand how complicated the next few years are going to be as we sort out just the practical legalities, which is different than what we think the moral principles are,’ Gingrich said
In 2012 December the three time married politician argued Republicans might have to create new strategies to deal with the changing equality landscape.
‘The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to … accommodate and deal with reality,’ he told The Huffington Post. ‘And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states — and it will be more after 2014 — gay relationships will be legal, period.’
When Gingrich was Speaker, the Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law. The federal statute prohibits federal recognition of gay unions, even in states where such relationships are legal. Edith Windsor’s challenge to the law is to be heard by the Supreme Court on 27 March.