Newt Gingrich isn't even trying to chase the gay conservative vote. The former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a gay Iowa voter that he would be better off supporting President Obama, reports the Des Moines Register.
"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 Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University.”
Arnold, a Democrat, said he came to the event at Smokey Row coffee house with an open mind. But he wanted to ask Gingrich about how he would represent him as president after reading past comments the former U.S. House Speaker as made about gay and lesbians. "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."
Gingrich, who has a half sister who is a lesbian, has previously said in Iowa that same-sex marriage "is a temporary aberration that will dissipate." In his letter to The Family Leader this month, he advocated a federal constitutional amendment that would deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.
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The anti-gay Gingrich is a thrice-married serial adulterer. The former House Speaker is one of the architects of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he pushed through Congress at the same time he was involved in an extra-marital affair with a staffer. That was the second of two marriages that ended after his adultery.
Gingrich is currently polling second in Iowa among likely Republican caucus voters, according to a poll conducted by Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG. Ron Paul is first with 28 percent, Gingrich second at 25 percent and Mitt Romney at 18 percent.