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As former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich struggles to resurrect his faltering Presidential campaign, he gets an endorsement from the homophobic American Family Association — an organization labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center but one also funded by one of Gingrich’s funding groups.
“Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the constitution,” says Donald Wildmon, head of the AFA.
Wildmon may be paying Gingrich back for the $125,000 he received from ReAL Action — a group that is part of The Gingrich Group. Public records show the money from ReAL Action went to American Family Association Action, the activist arm of the AFA.
AFA’s outspoken policy director, Bryan Fischer, has in the past proposed criminalizing homosexual activity and advocated laws that require court-imposed therapy for gays.
Gingrich, like many Republicans, is stridently anti-gay and said in one televised interview that if he is elected president he will “slow down the homosexual agenda in America.”
“Newt is homophobic, there’s no doubt about that,” a former Gingrich political operative tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He hates gays.”
In 2008, Gingrich told Fox News that “there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us is prepared to use violence, to use harassment.”