Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich theorized that the LGBT movement would outlaw religious rights. In an interview with Meet the Press, Gingrich speculated that Catholic adoption agencies would be outlawed with the passing of marriage equality bills.
“What I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights. There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts. They’re outlawed,” Gingrich told MSNBC contributors Joy-Ann Reid and David Gregory.
“There are no rights in DC for Catholics to have adoption service. They’re outlawed. This passing reference to religion, we sort of respect religion, sure, as long as you don’t practice it.”
Gregory later asked Gingrich what was being outlawed after Gingrich himself asked “Are you able to be gay in America?”
“Any institution which does not automatically accept that, and therefore, you’re now going to have a secular state, say, to a wide range of religious groups – Catholics, Protestants, orthodox Jews, Mormons, frankly, Muslims,” Gingrich continued to argue.
“You cannot practice your religion the way you believe it, and we will outlaw your institutions. Let’s just start with adoption services. It’s impossible for the Catholic Church to have an adoption service in Massachusetts that follows Catholic doctrine.”
Catholic institutions in Massachusetts and DC have refused public funding and continue to discriminate against gay couples wanting to adopt.
According to a 2012 General Social Survey by UC Berkeley, 20 percent of Americans reported no religion preference.