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Gingrich: Separation of Church and State Makes Sense for Marriage

After a week's worth of horrible news, idiotic responses to the horrible news, news about horrible behavior, and etc. and etc., finally I can report something good - Newt Gingrich has issued his support for the freedom to marry.

Gingrich, that staunch defender of traditional marriage [snicker], has finally seen the light:

On gay marriage, meanwhile, Gingrich argued that Republicans could no longer close their eyes to the course of public opinion. While he continued to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, he suggested that the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a "marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state" - the latter being acceptable.

"I think that this will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with," he said, noting that the debate's dynamics had changed after state referenda began resulting in the legalization of same-sex marriage. "It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality. And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period."

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