Karen Ocamb

HRC on LGBT 'Momentum': A 'Reality' Now Recognized By Newt Gingrich

Filed By Karen Ocamb | December 21, 2012 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Chad Griffin, civil marriage equality, HRC, marriage, marriage equality, Newt Gingrich, same-sex marriage

In the Human Rights Campaign's end-of-the-year video below, HRC President Chad Griffin tells MSNBC in a post-historic election interview: Chad-Griffin-MSNBC.jpg"We still have a lot of work to do, but the momentum is on our side, no question."

No kidding. As Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner points out, former Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, who was House Speaker in 1996 when the so-called Defense of Marriage Act passed, now makes a distinction between religious and legal recognition of marriage rights:

"The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality. And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period," Gingrich told The Huffington Post in a story published on Thursday. Gingrich "continued to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman," Sam Stein and Jon Ward report, but "suggested that the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a 'marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state' -- the latter being acceptable."....

HRC's president, Chad Griffin called the move remarkable.

"Newt Gingrich has proven that leaders in the Republican party understand where the country is moving on marriage but he is also brave enough to say it out loud," Griffin told BuzzFeed. "It's remarkable that Gingrich admits he didn't see the coming power of the LGBT community and our allies back in 1996 but now understands the wave of change that's sweeping over the nation."

As the Supreme Court considers whether DOMA's federal definition limiting "marriage" to one man and one woman is constitutional, Griffin noted of Gingrich's changed view, "His comments give room for other Republican leaders to reflect on the direction in which the country is heading and get on the right side of history."

Robert Raben, a lobbyist who was Democratic counsel for the House subcommittee that considered DOMA in 1996, had only one word in response to Gingrich's comments: "Wow."

Video after the break.

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