When an Iowa Democrat this week asked Newt Gingrich for his thoughts on gays and lesbians, the presidential hopeful instructed him to vote for Barack Obama.
Scott Arnold, a professor at William Penn University and Oskaloosa resident, caught up with Gingrich at a coffee house in Iowa, where the first caucus in the GOP nominating process will take place Jan. 3.
Arnold, according to the Des Moines Register, said, “I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama.”
Earlier this month, Gingrich’s half-sister, a lesbian who is married to her partner, said she and her brother got along but that she’s voting for Obama in 2012.
Gingrich, meanwhile, recently signed an anti-gay marriage pledge and called same-sex marriage a “temporary aberration that will dissipate.”
The former speak of the House is thrice married and twice divorced after adulterous affairs.
Arnold, after the encounter with Gingrich, said, “It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t’ need your support.”