Voters should determine fate of gay marriage, Gingrich says

OLYMPIA — Newt Gingrich declined Friday to outright reject a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, saying if it goes to the voters and approved it will at least be enacted “the right way.”

The former House speaker’s comments came on a visit to the state Capitol.

“I think at least they’re doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will,” Gingrich said.

He made clear he opposes gay marriage personally.

His posture was different than rival Rick Santorum, who campaigned in Washington state the same day the law was signed.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, questioned the effectiveness of having states decide the definition of marriage. He supports a federal constitutional amendment making marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.

— Associated Press

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