Gays can choose to be straight like priests choose celibacy, says GingrichOnline Only, Top Highlights Monday, December 19th, 2011
Newt Gingrich has a new philosophy: gay people can choose to be straight like priests choose to be celibate. The presidential hopeful told the Des Moines Register editorial board that gays have a “significant range of choice within a genetic pattern” and can therefore make choices as it relates to sexual orientation.
When asked whether or not Gingrich say similarities between the civil rights era and gays seeking quality today, Gingrich explained, “[There’s a] big difference between saying that you’re to have an acceptance of people’s lifestyles and saying that you’re now going to normalize that as a standard for the whole country,” he says.
On whether or not people can choose to be straight or gay, Gingrich explains that he doesn’t “believe in genetic determinism and I don’t think there is any great evidence of genetic determinism. There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this or more likely to do that? But that doesn’t mean it’s definitional.”
Gingrich does not support same-sex marriage.
He added: “The fact is I am a traditional, classic conservative. And I’m defending a value system that has a thousand year history behind it. And I think it’s pretty clear.”
Earlier this month, half-sister Candace Gingrich-Jones said she would not vote for her sibling in light of his gay rights views that sit on the “wrong side of history.”
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