OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he opposes gay marriage, but is comfortable letting voters decide the issue for their own state. Gingrich made his comments Friday during a visit to the Washington capitol. It’s the second time in two weeks a Republican presidential candidate has campaigned under the dome.
Unlike Rick Santorum before him, Gingrich arrived at the Washington statehouse with national press in tow. He was also well guarded by a security detail sporting those telltale earpieces. Gingrich met with Republican lawmakers and posed for pictures with excited legislative pages.
He stopped to talk with reporters just outside the state reception room. That’s where Governor Chris Gregoire recently signed into law a bill allowing same-sex couples to wed. On that topic, Gingrich indicated he’s okay with a state by state approach.
“I think at least if they’re doing it the right way which is going to the voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will," Gingrich said. "I don’t agree with it. I would vote no if it were on a referendum where I was. But at least they’re doing it the right way.”
Backers of the same-sex marriage bill in Washington did not agree to send it to voters. But opponents plan to gather signatures for a repeal effort on the November ballot.
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