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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

My head just exploded. I hate when that happens.
Posted by Jill | 10:04 PM
Newt Gingrich's statement on the decision today declaring California's anti-gay marriage statute unconstitutional (emphases mine):
"Judge Walker's ruling overturning Prop 8 is an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife. In every state of the union from California to Maine to Georgia, where the people have had a chance to vote they've affirmed that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Congress now has the responsibility to act immediately to reaffirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman as our national policy. Today’s notorious decision also underscores the importance of the Senate vote tomorrow on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because judges who oppose the American people are a growing threat to our society.”

Newt Gingrich's glass house:

1962: Newt married Jackie Battley on June 19, 1962.
1963: Newt's daughter Kathy was born.
1966: Newt's daughter Jackie Sue was born.
1980: Newt met Marianne Ginther in January 1980.
1980: Jackie and Newt separated in April 1980.
1981: Jackie Battley and Newt Gingrich's divorce was finalized in February 1981.
1981: Six months later Newt married Marianne Ginther on August 8, 1981.
1987: Marianne and Newt separated in June 1987.
1993: Newt and Callista Bisek began their affair in November 1993.
1993: Marianne and Newt reconciled in late 1993/early 1994.
1999: Newt and Marianne separated in May 1999 and filed for divorce in July.
1999: Marianne and Newt reached a settlement in their divorce case.
2000: Marianne and Newt's divorce was finalized in April 2000.
2000: Callista Bisek and Newt announced their engagement.
2000: Newt married Callista Bisek on August 18, 2000.

Now I'd like to tell you about the shop where I get my hair done. It's a funky shop, in a struggling downtown in suburban New Jersey. It's owned and operated by two gay men, who have run this shop as business AND life partners for probably about 40 years. They live in an apartment over the shop. One is now seventy, the other is fifty-nine. They live AND work together. And they still take care of each other, as well as the many octe- and nonegenarians who comprise much of their clientele (with a few middle-agers like me thrown in). Their relationship is healthier and more affectionate than most marriages I know.

So tell me again why ANYONE should listen to Newt Gingrich on the subject of marriage?

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Anonymous mandt said...
Newt is a sad, vicious little man. His own sister is gay for Christ's sake. He needs to be kicked down the road.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I could not get an idea, are u for sexual minorities marriages or u are against this shit?

Blogger Unknown said...
For once, I actually agree with a California court decision. Also, on behalf of the GOP, I'd like to thank them for the extra 7% this coming November. Muah.

Blogger D. said...
Newt Gingrich pontificating about marriage is rather like Lyndon LaRouche extolling electoral politics. Only crunchy.

As someone said in the (long) comment thread at Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog, the opposition seems to rest on two arguments: "1. It's wrong because the Bible (the Pope, some Religious Authority or other) says so, [and/or]
2. It's icky." This comment, in case you want to double check.


Anonymous Anonymous said...
Well, see that's why Newt KNOWS the the only good kind of marriage is that between a man and a woman. He's done it so many times....

Anonymous mandt said...
"It's icky" ----and a great pleasure when itchy!