Candace Gingrich-Jones, the half-sister of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said she was pleasantly surprised by her brother's abrupt about-face on accepting marriage equality.
Yesterday, Newt penned an article in The Huffington Post affirming his (reluctant) acceptance of marriage equality as inevitable. Today, his half-sister, Candace, who happens to be an out lesbian, scrawled a response for the Human Rights Campaign.
"For pretty much my whole adult life there have been very few political issues on which my brother and I agree," wrote Gingrich-Jones. "But in an interview that The Huffington Post did with my brother, there were actually multiple items that had me nodding my head when usually it would be shaking in exasperation. He stated that the Republicans could no longer ignore the shift in public opinion on marriage equality. Agreed!"
Gingrich-Jones rightly credits herself and her wife, Rebecca, with helping change the Republican stalwart's mind on whether or not gay and lesbian people should be allowed to create a legal family. Gingrich-Jones cites HRC's Coming Out Project, which has "stated for years that people who know someone LGBT are changed by it."
But it's not all unicorns and rainbows. Gingrich-Jones rightly points out that Gingrich is still trying to bring out the boogeyman of federally mandated religious same-sex weddings. Of course, that's nonsense. As Gingrich-Jones rightly points out, "marriage equality will not and cannot force anyone to perform or hold a wedding ceremony in their house of worship."