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February 27th, 2012

Gingrich Violates His Own Gay Marriage Pledge

Last week, the Maryland legislature passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state.  Democrat Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the law into effect.  Earlier this month, the Washington legislature passed a gay marriage law that goes into affect on June 7th, unless opponents gather enough signatures to force a voter referendum on the legislation.

Campaigning in Washington on Friday, Newt Gingrich said that while he opposes same-sex marriage, he commended Washington and Maryland for legalizing gay marriage “the right way.”    He told the Associated Press, “I think at least they’re doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will.

Gingrich has been an aggressive critic of court ordered gay marriage legalization that has happened in states like Iowa.  However, the position that Gingrich has stated in recent days is not what he advocated while he was campaigning in Iowa.

Even though Gingrich would not sign The FAMiLY Leader’s “Marriage Vow” unless changes were made to the oath, he did provide the Iowa pro-family group with a written statement in December in whichhe clearly detailed his positions on a number of social issues like gay marriage and abortion.

In his December 12th letter to The FAMiLY Leader, Gingrich wrote:

As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military.  I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts.  I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification.  I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.  I will support all efforts to reform promptly any uneconomic or anti-marriage aspects of welfare and tax policy.  I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.

Gingrich’s statement that states like Maryland and Washington are doing it “the right way” by making changes through the legislative process contradicts his statement that he will, “oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.”

Gingrich’s new position on gay marriage may not set well with many social conservatives who view gay marriage as a violation of God’s law, which is superior to man made law.  Bob Vander Plaats, The FAMiLY Leader’s President and CEO, has routinely said that gay marriage violates, “the law of nature and of nature’s God.” Vander Plaats endorsed Rick Santorum, but he has also been very complimentary of Gingrich.  Gingrich’s most vocal Iowa endorser, nationally syndicated radio host Steve Deace, shares the same position as Vander Plaats when it comes to gay marriage.  Deace has been oddly silent on Gingrich’s statement.

Gingrich needs a strong showing on Super Tuesday if he’s going to mount a serious comeback to win the Republican nomination.  To do that, he needs to win outside of his home state of Georgia in states like Tennessee and Oklahoma.  Gingrich’s evolving position on gay marriage could become problematic.  Last summer, Rick Santorum blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry to great effect for having the same position as Gingrich does today.  Perry’s comments were made at the time the state of New Yoke legalized gay marriage.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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