Newt's Sister: 'Don't Know' Whether He Believes The Anti-Gay Things He Says

Here's Candace Gingrich-Jones in an interview earlier this week with Rachel Maddow. In an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, Newt Gingrich's sister says she doesn't know whether he believes the things he says about gays. He's already got


Here's Candace Gingrich-Jones in an interview earlier this week with Rachel Maddow.

In an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, Newt Gingrich's sister says she doesn't know whether he believes the things he says about gays. He's already got such a reputation for contradicting himself, it's hard to know:

Gingrich-Jones, an activist with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation who has clashed with her brother since the '90s and is backing President Obama for re-election, slammed the caustic remarks Gingrich has made about gays, including his comments earlier in the year that gay marriage is a "temporary aberration."

"An interesting choice of words -- 'temporary aberration' -- I don't think I consider my own marriage an aberration, or that anyone who is in a relationship considers their families to be an aberration," she said. "It might be wishful thinking on his part. Certainly he's seen how the country has moved on the issue. Maybe what really is an aberration is people's opposition to marriage equality."

She's also not sure if Gingrich is faking it all, pandering to the evangelical base in the Republican Party, or if he really believes the claims he makes on homosexuality and LGBT rights.

"He does not treat [my wife] Rebecca and myself any differently from my sister and her husband [at family gatherings]," Gingrich-Jones explained, also noting that, though Gingrich didn't attend her wedding in Boston in 2009 -- he was out of the country -- he did send a gift.

"We got a shower gift as well," she said. "For someone who has publicly and financially opposed marriage equality, he has not so far treated us any differently than a married couple...That's the question that I ask myself, and many have asked me, 'Does he believe the things he says or is he saying them as part of his political stands?' Really, the bottom line is: I don’t like either of the possibilities there, and I don't know what the actual answer is."

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