Newt Gingrich - Former Speaker of the House:
Newt Gingrich was a Representative in Congress from Georgia from 1979-1999. He was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999 when Bill Clinton was president. He helped author the "Contract with America" in 1994. The contract outlined government reform such as tax cuts, social security reform and welfare reform and it is credited with the 1994 Republican sweep in the elections.
Newt Gingrich on Same-Sex Marriage:
Even though he has been married three times and has admitted to marital infidelity, Newt Gingrich still says he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. As reported in DesMoines Register Newt Gingrich said, "I believe that marriage is between a man and woman. It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know."
Newt Gingrich Pledges to Defend Defense of Marriage Law:
In a statement to the conservative Family Leader organization, Newt Gingrich said the following: "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."
New Gingrich on Gays in the Military:
Newt Gingrich has said he would have voted against overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell
allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. In a candidate debate in June 2011 he said would meet with military leaders and if they said allowing gays to serve openly in the military wasn't working, "we should go back, I would listen to the commanders whose lives are at risk about the young men and women that they are, in fact, trying to protect."
Newt's Lesbian Sister:
Newt Gingrich has a lesbian sister, Candace Gingrich-Jones who has been active in LGBT rights and politics for almost as long as her brother has been in office. Candace Gingrich-Jones has often spoken out against her brother's policies and says she backs Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential elections. Candace Gingrich-Jones says, "I could not support the campaign of somebody who doesn’t think I deserve the same rights as other people."
Candace married her partner in 2009 and Newt, who was invited, did not attend the ceremony. He was out of the country at the time. He did send a card and a gift.
Candace has questioned whether her brother really is as anti-gay as he says he is. She wonders if he might be saying the things he says just to get elected. In an interview with
Michelangelo Signorile at the Huffington Post, Gingrich-Jones said:
"He does not treat [my wife] Rebecca and myself any differently from my sister and her husband [at family gatherings]...For someone who has publicly and financially opposed marriage equality, he has not so far treated us any differently than a married couple...That's the question that I ask myself, and many have asked me, 'Does he believe the things he says or is he saying them as part of his political stands?' Really, the bottom line is: I don’t like either of the possibilities there, and I don't know what the actual answer is."