OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declined Friday to outright reject a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, saying if it is approved by voters it will at least be enacted “the right way.”

The former House speaker’s comments came on a visit to the state Capitol where he also met privately with Republican legislators. Washington’s Democratic governor signed the gay marriage bill last week and it will take effect in June unless opponents can gather enough signatures to force a fall referendum.

Gingrich cited the possibility of a public vote in appraising the hot-button issue, noting that judges have authorized same-sex marriage in other places.

“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 said.

A November referendum is not guaranteed. Opponents of the Washington law need more than 120,000 valid voter signatures needed by June 6 to put the law on hold pending a referendum.

Gingrich made clear he opposes gay marriage personally and would vote no on such a referendum if one ever came up in his home state.

His posture was different than rival Rick Santorum, who campaigned in Washington the same day the law was signed.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, questioned the effectiveness of having states decide the definition of marriage. He supports a federal constitutional amendment making marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.

“I think that at least from my perspective it tends to water down marriage instead of encouraging men and women to form healthy marriages, and that to me should be the objective of the government because that is in the best interests of our society,” Santorum said after a meeting with church leaders organizing a ballot drive to block the Washington law from taking hold.

Washington state has had domestic partnership laws since 2007, and in 2009 passed an “everything but marriage” expansion of that law, which was ultimately upheld by voters after a referendum challenge.

Minnesota and North Carolina have measures on their fall ballots to write gay marriage bans into their state constitutions. And same-sex marriage opponents in Maryland have taken the first steps to bring legislation legalizing gay marriage passed by the state’s Legislature this week to a voter referendum on the November ballot.

Comments (11)
  1. Dale Gribble says:

    Another traitor. Newt used to be good. Now he’s just another tool of the perverts.

  2. luvs says:

    Regardless of his comments I must agree that as long as it goes through the people directly then whatever happens, happens.

  3. Dale Gribble says:

    No! The “people” include atheist, socialist traitors who would destroy the Freedoms that our Founding Fathers bestowed upon White Christian Americans. And now Newt Gingrich has betrayed that dream by giving in to the Democrats and permiting this perversion to exist.

    1. R U Joking says:

      idiot of the day award? hmm I think so!

      1. ICUP says:

        Idiot of the day? You mean decade.

    2. Athiest says:

      You’re just living in fear. You want to live in a white supremacist society with strong christian dogma? Feel free to lock yourself in your basement.

      You’re a blind xenophobic putz and a symbolization of an “old ideology” that honestly needs to die out. Times are a changing …Dale. Get over it or leave.

    3. Al Frankenstien says:

      Dale Gribble is a liberal posting trash to try to heap negativism on conservatives. Nice try Dale, but anyone with a brain knows you a goofy-liberal trying to be clever. So is Richard Head below.

  4. aeiou says:

    Another example of “Hetero Privilege” parenting gays.

    “The People” is a phrase that does not include gays.

    America – home of the brave, but afraid of gays.

  5. Richard Head says:

    God intended marriage to be between a man and a woman.

    1. anti bachmann says:

      how do you know did god tell you that (get over it)

    2. ICUP says:

      That’s not what God told me.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Watch & Listen LIVE