Think of it this way. The million or so gay couples are trying to carry on their domestic lives in ways that are meaningful to themselves and set a high standard for the moral conduct of gays.
Then someone, somewhere, strays. The other gay person is hurt and confronts the adulteror. The adulteror says, “Look, straight society sets the standard for marriage. The standard set by the former Speaker of the House, is simple. It’s one man, one woman, and a girlfriend. Why would that not be our stardard?”
When I issued Gay and Lesbian Awareness Proclamations, I was asked over and over, “What kind of an example are you setting for young people? We all know gays are immoral.”
I know the social conservative community so well, I know how it will reason through its suppport for Newt. It will say, “Liberals are immoral. Obama is a liberal. It is moral for us to support Newt to defeat this immoral liberal President. Issues about Newt’s marriages have nothing to do with our quest to create a moral society.”
The gay citizens who have so far risen to the top in their professions, in general, have conducted their personal lives on a higher moral plane than Gingrich. These include people like baseball player, Billy Bean, and the Prime Minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir.
The passion for a Constitutional Ammendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman seems to have abated somewhat. Adding, “and a girlfriend” might revive support.