Newt Gingrich: Gays Should Accept Anti-Gay Views
Newt Gingrich seems to think that gays and lesbians who want equal rights are bigots for not tolerating the religious right’s continued actions to discriminate against them.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, failed 2012 GOP presidential hopeful and current "Crossfire" host, Newt Gingrich, opined Monday on his CNN program that gay people should accept and be "open and understanding" of anti-gay views (via Media Matters).
Preaching the old line of tolerating intolerance and bigotry Gingrich said the LGBT community should be more "open and understanding" to those who don’t want to see same-sex couples marry and exist.
"You guys talk about how you want to be inclusive, except of course if somebody tweets this, then [there are] death threat or let’s send them off to sensitivity training," the former congressman said on the CNN show. "I mean it strikes me as repression, that’s not inclusive...shouldn’t you also be teaching people who are gay to be open and understanding [of anti-gay views]?"
Gingrich’s comments came during a discussion about the negative comments openly gay football player Michael Sam was hit with after he was drafted into the National Football League Saturday night.
Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones was fined by the team after he tweeted "OMG" and "horrible" soon after Sam was drafted. A former basketball player said he was boycotting ESPN’s "SportsCenter" because of the network’s coverage of Sam’s kiss and Donald Trump called the quick peck "out there."