Newt Gingrich is a strong supporter of the sanctity of marriage — he’s said “I do” on three different occasions — but only if the marriage is between a man and woman. He made this quite clear to a gay Iowan who questioned him on the issue Wednesday:
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.