Gingrich Suggests Same-Sex Marriage Is Responsible For Economic Woes

Newt Gingrich seemed to blame same-sex marriage for the country’s economic woes, during an interview with Catholic Radio of San Diego last week. Responding to a question about the connection between the “secular” attack on “the family” and economic stagnation, Gingrich argued that “freedom of faith” – which he argued is being undermined by the push for marriage equality — is directly related to “free enterprise”:

HOST: We’re becoming increasingly secular, the family is under attack and economically we’re experiencing woes like we’ve never known in our history it seems. So what is the connection here?…

GINGRICH: You have to recognize that free enterprise is based on free people and … free people are based on faith. The very basis of our belief and freedom is that we believe we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. The very source of our strength is that we believe these are truths – not theories, not ideologies, not gimmicks, not political consultants, powerpoints – truths, and so there’s a core absolute overlap between free enterprise, freedom and freedom of faith. And if you don’t have freedom of faith in the end you’re not going to have free enterprise because there’s no moral force that defends and protects you.