Your GOP Primary Guide
BY Michelle Garcia
January 10 2012 4:00 AM ET
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich
Public Policy Polling as of January 8: 12%
On Marriage Equality:
Shortly after President Obama directed the Justice Department to cease defending the Defense of Marriage Act during legal challenges, Gingrich said Obama's directive could have been an "impeachable offense." He also said he would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning marriage equality, and he has even taken credit for the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted during his time as House speaker. "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," he wrote in a letter to Family Leader, partially endorsing that group's pledge in December. "I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts," he wrote. Gingrich has also signed a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage.
On Gays' Adoption and Custody Rights:
Gingrich said marriage equality hurts children because several Catholic organizations ended their adoption and foster care services when it became clear the law would no longer allow them to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples while receiving state funds in places such as Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal:
Gingrich has pledged to ensure that, if elected, he would bar the Defense Department from recognizing any relationships of service members and their partners or spouses. "I don't think in the military, that you particularly want sexual behavior to be an overt issue," he said in December. He has promised to launch a review of whether DADT should be reinstated and contends that generals have been hiding their opposition to the repeal out of deference to President Obama.
On the Uniting American Families Act and Binational Couples
Though he said he would back a "humane" immigration policy to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States, Gingrich would likely not support the Uniting American Families Act because of his endorsement of DOMA.
On Workplace Discrimination and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Gingrich was not a cosponsor of ENDA during his time in Congress.