Gingrich: Supreme Court Should Decide Gay Marriage Cases on 'Narrowest' Grounds

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013 01:40 PM

By Amy Woods

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday warned of the dangers of the Supreme Court making too sweeping of a decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.

“One of the lessons of Roe vs. Wade is when the court goes too far, it actually weakens our respect for judicial institutions,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“They’d be far better off to decide these two cases on the narrowest possible grounds. There’s no constitutional right invented, magically, you know, 150 years after an amendment.”

When the round-table discussion Gingrich was participating in shifted to the Middle East, the Republican said the region’s problems run too deep to be solved by a visit from President Barack Obama.

“I think we have a massive bipartisan failure, extending now over a decade, to be honest about how hard this problem is,” Gingrich said. “And I think it’s all going to get worse. If, in fact this is the beginning of a real relationship between [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu . . . that’s a big deal. If this was a temporary moment, then it’s irrelevant.”

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