By Cathy Kristofferson, May 05, 2013.
First off – Happy Cinco de Mayo! I saw a headline just now – “Gingrich: LGBT rights fight ‘one sided’ because Catholics are oppressed too”. Oh, really. Wonder what in Heaven’s name Newt is whining about now?
Then I saw this quote:
“But what I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights,” Gingrich continued. “There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts, they’re outlawed. There are no rights in D.C. for Catholics to have adoption services, they’re outlawed.”
Excuse me? ‘Outlawed’? Adoption services are not outlawed in Massachusetts and D.C. for Catholic Charities. They are not offered because the Catholic Church voluntarily pulled the rug out halting those services. Why? Because they REFUSE to allow the gay community adoption rights. How is that ‘outlawed’? I believe they did the same thing in Illinois which has yet to even grant same-gender marriage rights.
Ostensibly Newt was on Meet The Press to discuss the Jason Collins coming out story, but used the opportunity to discuss the oppression of his Catholic Church. After the mis-characterized ‘outlawed’ adoption claim, he went on to question that to accept people as gay means we “have to affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept that?”
We all know Newt is only Catholic, having converted in 2009, so he could marry his THIRD wife. But did he annul his previous TWO marriages? A convenient way around the dicta? Those same Catholics who refuse to allow same-gender couples to adopt, also don’t allow divorce any number of times. And both of those first two wives he cheated on with the ‘next-wife-in-waiting’ which I also don’t believe those same Catholics allow.
And around these parts (New England), the ever-loving Catholic Church, through its Providence Bishop, has now ‘spoken’ on the diocese website telling good Catholics that they cannot attend any of those shiny new same-gender marriages come August 1st without risk of scandal:
“And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.”
How is this all one-sided? How exactly is the Catholic Church being oppressed? I won’t worry too much for him because who knows what religion Newt will be once Wife #4 comes along…
Watch at the clip at NBC here:
“No GOP presidential hopeful has come under more scrutiny for his marital history than Newt Gingrich. For almost three decades, the thrice-married former speaker of the House has fielded questions about his split from first wife, Jackie Battley — namely, that he’d served her divorce papers while she was in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment (a story that Gingrich and his daughters have vigorously denied.) But in January, Gingrich was forced to respond to another personal allegation when second wife Marianne Gingrich appeared on ABC News and accused him of asking her for an open marriage in 1999 in order to be with Callista Bisek — the woman who is now his third wife.” So he asked her if he could commit adultery?
The Serial Marriages of Newt Gingrich
By Cathy Kristofferson
Editor note: hahaha! No seriously thanks Cathy for the post – just one comment – this Newt bloke has some Chutzpah!
The ‘newt’ never joined anything where he didn’t, in some way, benefit from his actions! That’s one of Catholics’ and Republicans’ best suits when they’re out scouting for opportunity(ies)! And they’re never bigoted… always treating others the way they want to be treated (sarc off!)! Sorry, newt… no violins for you, not even tiny little Jewish harps!
Every time I see his slimy, self-entitled, narcissistic face I cringe… What I cannot fathom is why the supposed “good Catholics” don’t jump on this *sshole for dirtying their “blessed” religion in the first place? Are ALL Catholics this hypocritical? Where are the ones who ought to be stepping up to denounce this ugly clown??
You note “Adoption services are not outlawed in Massachusetts and D.C. for Catholic Charities. They are not offered because the Catholic Church voluntarily pulled the rug out halting those services. Why? Because they REFUSE to allow the gay community adoption rights. How is that ‘outlawed’?”
If I may provide a clarification, please note that the organization “Catholic Charities” chose to close their adoption program rather than comply with the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. All the adoption services they had been providing were transferred (staff included) to other non-profit (and non-sectarian) adoption agencies. Catholic families in Massachusetts who wish to adopt have more than a dozen adoption agencies they can chose to work with.
We’re hosting 2 Adoption Information Nights specifically for LGBT adults:
LGBT Adoption Information Nights
May 22: At Treehouse at Easthampton Meadow: 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA 01027
June 11: More Than Words Bookstore: 376 Moody St., Waltham, MA
Both events will run from 6-8 PM
Join us for an informative panel of adoption professionals and LGBT adoptive parents who will share their experiences and knowledge about adoption from foster care in Massachusetts. Walk-ins are welcome!
Any Massachusetts adults – single, married, partnered, LGBTQ, straight – interested in learning if adoption is right for them are encouraged to contact the Mass. Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at http://www.MAREinc.org or 617-54-ADOPT. MARE has been finding adoptive parents for children in state foster care since 1957.
Janice, thanks for your clarification and for the awesome services MARE provides (and everyone’s non-discrimination policy should read so beautifully!). I just posted here on tomorrow’s expected re-introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family bill. It will be interesting to hear the response. I don’t think it even made it out of committee either previous time it was introduced which is maddening considering all the youth needing loving homes.