Newt Gingrich Vows to Defend the Defense of Marriage Act


Former House Speaker and potential presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this week pledged to uphold the federal ban on gay marriage known as the Defense of Marriage Act, to vigorously defend the Act in court, and also to support a federal marriage amendment to the U.S. constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

This Mr. Gingrich promised in a statement to the Iowa-based and highly conservative group The Family Leader, specifically regarding their agenda known as the “Marriage Pledge.”

According to The Family Leader press release the former speaker wrote:

As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military.  I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification.  I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.  I will support all efforts to reform promptly any uneconomic or anti-marriage aspects of welfare and tax policy.

Mr. Gingrich, now on his third marriage, also pledged fidelity to his wife, a detail likely to have been included due to his public acknowledgement of being unfaithful in two of his previous marriages. Perhaps to answer potential concerns this might raise, Gingrich noted:

I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.

The response also spells out that Gingrich is staunchly anti-abortion, that a Gingrich administration would “vigorously defend the First Amendment’s rights of religious liberty and freedom of speech against anyone who would try to stifle the free expression of believers,” and would guard against so-called activist judges who he views as encroaching on the liberty of U.S. citizens.

It is still unclear as to whether Gingrich has actually signed up to the Family Leader’s “The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family” pledge. If he has, he would join Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Governor Rick Perry, and former Senator Rick Santorum.

The Family Leader’s endorsement, should they choose to endorse any one candidate, is due next Monday.

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Photo by Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons.


Michael Raphael
Michael Raphael6 years ago

Obama will win handily against any of these clowns, unless Ron Paul switches to Libertarian, in which case he could seriously challenge the two-party system, with high enough polling numbers to get in on the debates like Ross Perot did back in the '90's.

William Baylor
William Baylor6 years ago

How can any American even think about voting for this creep of a man Newt Gingrich! He is a walking garbage can full of scum and slim and ignorance! What is wrong with this country? Why don’t you people talk about what he is rather than his pathetic perverted aspersions to be President of the United States of America! What kind of Christian would even vote for this scum bag! So much for Christians! Duh Get a life people!

Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Catrina Hamilton
Catrina Hamilton6 years ago

Interesting how he's basically saying he'll defend believers rights' which trample non-believers' rights. Why can't politicians ever reach a happy base? Why does it always have to be all one way or the other?

You know how to make a meal for a family that likes everything different? You cook what's needed, and add in the spices everyone can agree to. From there, everyone can add whatever else they want to their own dinner. Why can't that simple concept be taken to everyday matters that are more important than who likes a little pepper and who likes a lot?

Wileen C.
W. C6 years ago

Newt is good for the laughs, not much else.

Barbara Whitney
Barbara W6 years ago

Thank you Annmari

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Sorry Jane B. I'm not allowed to give you more than one Green Star and I've already sent one to you this week. But you deserve a whole bunch of them for your great posting(s)! A lot of you others posting here has also received a star. Some didn't get one and you'll know who you are.
As for the Grinch himself, I consider him, Perry, Bachmann, et al, laughing stocks and I hope the voters will do the same and not elect any of these clowns for any office!

Redgie H.
Redgie H6 years ago

DOMA is at best greedy. It is also illogical and unethical, and has no place in our national legislation. I think Newt is the perfect defender.

Jane B - Hmmm... Quite the menu you're offering there... Can I get liver on a woman's butt, and oral sex with a watermelon for dessert? And extra napkins... ... ... WHAT? :) XXXOOO

Diane O - I congratulate you on your bipartisan political duplicity... What? Was that the wrong word? Whatever, while you're chewing on Newt, I'm going to go have some watermelon... ... ... WHAT? :)

Barbara Whitney
Barbara W6 years ago

Considering that marriage is First and Foremost, a Contract, one that was written to keep property within the family because a daughter couldn't inherit, that Justices of the Peace performed. The "Church" didn't get into it until some time later when someone wanted it to be blessed by them. Even today the churches have to have credentials on file with the courts to perform a marriage but there are still Justices who can perform a legal and binding contractual agreement. I fail to see just how any marriage based upon ethnicity, spirituality, sexuality, or mental capability affects anyone but the people involved. Equal Rights are for everyone for the very same reasons. I will never vote for anyone who cannot look beyond their personal beliefs and still do the right thing. When religion comes into the mix with politics, it has lost its tax exempt status and because it is clearly stated that No One Religion shall hold sway over another.

Diane O.
Diane O6 years ago

No, Glenna, I'm showing that this type of behavior spares NO political party. So, while you guys are chewing on Newt you have supported democrats who have done the same or worse.

That was my point.