Lesbian Half-Sister Dumps Newt Gingrich, Says She Supports Obama

  on December 08 2011 4:23 AM
Newt Gingrich (L) and His Wife, Callista
Newt Gingrich (L) and His Wife, Callista Reuters

Candace Gingrich-Jones, the half-sister of GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, has said she will work hard to get President Barack Obama re-elected next year. Gingrich-Jones, a lesbian gay rights activist, disagrees with her Gingrich (with whom she shares her mother) on gay rights.

Criticizing Gingrich's stand on LGBT issues, she told MSNBC that she wouldn't be surprised if he used lesbian-gay issues to gain political mileage in the U.S. presidential elections and that he is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues.

Gingrich, one of the Republican front runners for the 2012 election, is known for his conservative views on gay-lesbian rights. He has, in the past, said that tolerance to same-sex couples was more than enough and active promotion of gay rights was not necessary. He is an open critic of homosexual marriages and strongly supports the ban on same-sex marriages in some U.S. states.

Gingrich-Jones is married to her lesbian partner and is Director at the Humans Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group. She has declared her support for Obama, irrespective of who the Republican candidate turns out to be.

She also confirmed on the MSNBC interview that although Gingrich was invited for her wedding, he chose not to attend the event.

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