Open marriage and divorce seems to be what Newt Gingrich thinks marriage is about. The old news is now well documented, Newt Gingrich, who while engaged in an affair with Callista, so insensitively asked his ex-wife Marianne for a divorce, over the phone while she was attending her mother’s 84th birthday. The would be Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich acted in flagrant disregard of the most critical emblem pertaining to so called traditional values prescribed by so called traditional marriage; fidelity and monogamy.
While Newt Gingrich was and still is giving political speeches platforming same-sex relationships as unworthy of the institution of marriage, we in the LGBT community are struggling to have our already entrenched rights recognized under the civil laws of this country, such as our right to marriage equality. Now we know that Gingrich is the last voice that has any right to opine on the issue of marriage. Thousands of same-sex couples who have been in faithful and monogamous relationships, some for decades, have been denied the right that Newt Gingrich chose to defecate upon.
Newt Gingrich’s second wife Marianne in interviews with ABC news and Washington Post alerts that Newt asked for an “open marriage” or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values.
Marianne Gingrich said she first heard from the former speaker about the divorce request as she was waiting in the home of her mother on May 11, 1999, her mother’s 84th birthday. Over the phone, as she was having dinner with her mother, Newt Gingrich said, “I want a divorce.”
Shocked, Marianne Gingrich replied: “Is there anybody else?” she recalled. “He was quiet. Within two seconds, when he didn’t immediately answer, I knew.”
WAPO: The next day, Newt Gingrich gave a speech titled “The Demise of American Culture” to the Republican Women Leaders Forum in Erie, Pa., extolling the virtues of the founding fathers and criticizing liberal politicians for supporting tax increases, saying they hurt families and children.
Clearly tapped into the hypocrisy the ex- Mrs. Gingrich like all questions, “How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?”
Asked about the timing of the revelations, she said she had had so many requests for interviews that “it was unavoidable.” She said that during a campaign season, “I knew I wouldn’t get through this year without” doing the interview.
The ABC interview will be released in transcript form today.
Even after seeing a counselor, to possibly save his marriage, our erstwhile Mr. Marriage could not find his way out of the arms of then paramour and now wife Callista back to Marianne.
The audacity of this man! He has stood on a platform that says gays and lesbians are unfit for his so called ‘traditional institution of marriage.’ It is my opinion that we now have confirmation that Newt Gingrich has taken a dump on marriage; yes can it be clearer? Newt Gingrich Defecates on Traditional Marriage!
Anybody in the gay community in a hurry to share Newt’s values?
By Melanie Nathan
NOTE: Picture by Kristina Lapinski © who confronted Newt Gingrich in New Hamshire, asking about LGBT rights – Gingrich commented that he considers DADT a social experiment.