Ouch, Newt Gingrich's gay sister, Candace Gingrich-Jones told Rachel Maddow yester-night that she wouldn't be voting for her brother should he snag the nomination--her snag being his anti-gay rights position. Not having your own relative give you an endorsement sounds a bit rough. But Gingrich-Jones, Newt's half-sister, is and has historically been a vocal advocate for gay rights and and is one of the directors of the Human Rights Campaign's youth outreach program. "He is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues," Candace Gingrich-Jones told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (video below), adding that she and her half-brother are "mutually respectful" of each other--which is helpful considering he didn't attend her wedding and that come election time, she is planning to "work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is." And "mutual respect" must come into play when your brother recently told Iowans that marriage equality "is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know." Maddow noted that Jones-Gingrich hasn't been afraid to voice her dissent with her brother's conservative views, dating back to when he was Speaker of the House. "At the end of the day, we are a family and that's important," she said. "The catch is that when we leave the dinner table or leave the Christmas gathering, you know he and Callista still have way more rights than my wife and Rebecca and I do."
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