In response to Jason Collins becoming the first active professional athlete from a team sport to come out as an openly gay man, David Gregory dedicated a segment on Meet the Press to how far gay rights has come.
MSNBC analyst and managing editor of The Grio Joy-Ann Reid made the case that Collins’ public admission and the response to it is an indicator of how accepting and supportive society is towards homosexuality now. This seemed to be the general consensus among the panelists, right up until Gregory asked Newt Gingrich for his opinion.
Initially, Gingrich noted that a Republican who supported marriage equality likely wouldn’t be able to get his party’s nomination for President; then the former Speaker of the House launched into one of his signature rants about the plight of Catholics in America.
“But what I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights,” he said. “There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts. They’re outlawed. There are no rights in DC for Catholics to have adoption service. They’re outlawed.”
"Does [supporting LGBT rights] mean that you actually have to affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept [homosexuality]?" Gingrich wondered.
He added: “This passing reference to religion, we sort of respect religion — sure, as long as you don’t practice it.”
The problem with Gingrich serving as a messenger for the clash between respecting religion and allowing all adults, regardless of their sexual orientation, the right to get married is that he is a twice-divorced serial adulterer who has devoted his life to undermining the sanctity of marriage. And it’s that selectiveness and hypocrisy that befuddles folks who don’t see why a segment of the population is discriminated against. Why is it okay to violate certain rules set forth by religion but not others? If religious people fail to explicitly follow the bible as it pertains to every single part of their lives, then who are they to tell other people which parts should apply?
You can check out Gingrich’s entire take on the matter in the video below.