Pastor Concerned About ‘Destroying Definition Of Marriage’ Asks Evangelicals To Back Gingrich

Jim Garlow with Newt Gingrich

Same-sex marriage opponent Pastor Jim Garlow, a big supporter of California’s Proposition 8, sent an email to conservative Christians on Saturday accusing liberals and President Obama of “destroying the definition of marriage” and asking them to support the GOP candidacy of thrice-married Newt Gingrich:

Destroying the definition of marriage is not merely “left.” It is wrong. It is sin. Stealing funds from future generations and spending it so that they will be closer to slavery than freedom is not merely “left.” It is wrong. It is sin. Although Mr. Gingrich is not running for ‘Theologian-in-Chief’ but ‘Commander-in-Chief,’ he grasps these issues. He understands the moral component.”

Garlow has been backing Gingrich for the past few years and has served on the board of one of Gingrich non-profit organizations, Renewing American Leadership, dedicated to “preserving America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.” Garlow’s weekend letter went on to describe Gingrich’s positions on marriage (including his past transgressions and request for forgiveness), abortion, and judicial activism.

Garlow has a long history of anti-gay activism. Speaking at the Faith and Freedom conference in June, Garlow compared same-sex couple adoption to children losing their parents on 9/11 and has previously claimed that Satan is behind the “attack on marriage.” He has also likened same-sex marriage to bestality, saying that if marriage equality is upheld “the next court case could conceivably say that if three people wanted to marry or four people or five people or if someone wanted to marry their dog or their horse.”

Evangelical voters in Iowa are still split over Gingrich’s candidacy, although the former Speaker’s courtship of influential conservatives may soon produce endorsements from key Republican leaders.