The Republican presidential candidates still have not learned. So eager to please the older Republican voters and the dwindling members of the Tea Party movement, the Republicans are neglecting younger voters on some issues, mainly the issue of gay marriage. Younger Republicans may side with the party on business and fiscal issues but not on gay marriage.
Knowing that disconnect, many Republican candidates try to evade any questions of gay marriage. Except for Newt. Does anyone think Newt is really running? During a campaign event in Iowa on Friday, the former Speaker of the House, called gay marriage a œtemporary aberration. Of course, I am not sure what Gingrich′s infidelity and three marriages are considered.
œI believe that marriage is between a man and woman,” Gingrich said in response to an audience question. “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.
This isn′t the first time Gingrich has criticized gay marriage. In June, when New York became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, Gingrich spoke out against the legislation. œI think we are drifting towards a terrible muddle which I think is going to be very, very difficult and painful to work our way out of, he said at the time, according to Reuters.
Gingrich also linked same-sex marriage to the country’s economic troubles in an interview in August. Gingrich′s fledging campaign is rumored to be running out of cash. The speaker is also significantly behind in the polls. A mid-September USA Today/Gallup national poll showed Gingrich with 5 percent of the likely GOP primary vote.
That puts him significantly behind Perry, with 31 percent, Romney, with 24 percent, and tied with other third-tier candidates Herman Cain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. The Gingrich campaign is showing signs of frustration. Gingrich recently snapped at a Los Angeles Times reporter for asking about his fundraising numbers.
“You should really go home and think about why you would even ask that today,” he said. That is an odd response. I would like to ask Gingrich to think about why he would call gay marriage an aberration. Or why gay marriage has anything to do with greedy corporations ruining the economy.
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