Thursday, December 20, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Same-sex marriage has clear momentum


He watched November 6th's results, and -- in an interview with The Huffington Post -- concedes it's hard to go back to November 5.

On gay marriage, meanwhile, Gingrich argued that Republicans could no longer close their eyes to the course of public opinion. While he continued to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, he suggested that the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a "marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state" -- the latter being acceptable.

"I think that this will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with," he said, noting that the debate's dynamics had changed after state referenda began resulting in the legalization of same-sex marriage.

"It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality. 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."

There's been a lot of chatter about the possibility of the GOP shifting on two issues in the wake of the election -- immigration and gay marriage.

Immigration, while enormously complex, at least has one huge element of the base largely supporting reform -- evangelicals. But when it comes shifting on same-sex marriage, it's precisely that element which will fight hardest.