Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talked to state lawmakers and the news media in a stop at the Capitol Campus.
Asked about Washington and Maryland legalizing gay marriage, Gingrich said:
At least that they’re doing it the right way, which is going to the voters and giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will. I don’t agree with it. I would vote no. … But at least they’re doing it the right way.
Court orders forced the legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa and Massachusetts. Washington became the fifth state where gay marriage is legal because of legislative action; Maryland will be the sixth once Gov. Martin O’Malley signs a bill that has passed the legislature there.
While Gov. Chris Gregoire and Washington lawmakers didn’t put the issue on the ballot directly, opponents are gathering signatures for a referendum.
While Rick Santorum may stand to benefit the most in the March 3 Washington caucuses if the gay marriage law fires up social conservatives, Gingrich said he can compete:
I’m for traditional marriage between a man and a woman. I have a very solid conservative voting record. Actually the American Conservative Union ranks me as substantially more conservative than Santorum on voting record. I had a 98.6 percent Right to Life (rating). I think I’m more than acceptable to most social conservatives. But it’s really pulling together the Reagan coalition: National defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and social conservatives. And then frankly it’s going to be emphasizing energy and the desirability of getting back to $2.50 a gallon gas and diesel.
Gingrich returned again and again in his comments to rising gas prices, blaming President Barack Obama‘s policies on oil drilling. He said, accurately, that gas prices were below $2 when Obama was sworn in (without mentioning they were much higher a few months before and a few months after the inauguration).
“It is the deliberate policy of the Obama administration to raise the price of gas and diesel,” Gingrich said.