When he was campaigning for the Republican nomination for US president, Newt Gingrich took a hard line against same-sex marriage.
But now the former speaker of the US House of Representatives sees that marriage equality is gaining ground. After voters in three states made history by voting to legalize gay marriage last month, Gingrich thinks his party will have to find a way to adjust.
‘The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to … accommodate and deal with reality,’ he tells 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.’
Gingrich, himself married three times, believes that coming to grips with gay marriage will be ‘much more difficult than immigration’ for conservatives.
It was during Gingrich’s time as speaker that the Defense of Marriage Act was passed by congress in 1996. DOMA, to be reviewed by the US Supreme Court next year, prevents the federal government from recognizing marriages between people of the same sex.
‘I didn’t think [gay marriage] was inevitable 10 or 15 years ago, when we passed the Defense of Marriage Act,’ Gingrich says. ‘It didn’t seem at the time to be anything like as big a wave of change as we are now seeing.’