Newt Gingrich Tells Gay Iowan To Vote For Obama

Scott Arnold (photo courtesy Des Moines Register)

Scott Arnold is an associate professor of writing at William Penn University. He is also gay. And today, he approached Newt Gingrich at an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he asked the former Speaker whether he’s earned the support of gay Americans. The Des Moines Register’s Jason Clayworth reports:

“I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,” said Arnold. […]

“When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest,” Arnold said. “It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t need your support.”

Similarly, in an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show earlier this month, Newt Gingrich’s half-sister Candice Gingrich-Jones, a lesbian and advocate for marriage equality, said she would “work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is.” “He is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues,” Gingrich-Jones said of Newt.


Here’s video of the exchange:

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Fox reports a transcript of the exchange:

Gingrich: “I think those for whom the only issue that really matters is the definition of marriage, I won’t get their support. I accept that as reality. On the other hand, for those to whom it’s not the central issue in their life, if they care about job creation, if they care about national security, if they care about a better future for the country at large, then I think I’ll get their support.”

Q: So what if it is the biggest issue?

Gingrich: Then I won’t get their support.

Q: How do we engage if you’re elected. Then what, what does that mean?

Gingrich: Well then you engage in every topic except that.

Q: Except it’s most important (some crosstalk).

Gingrich: Well, if that’s most important to you then you should be for Obama.

Q: I am, thank you (The two men shake hands).

Gingrich: It’s perfectly legitimate. I think it’s perfectly legitimate.

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