Heather N. wonders if it’s better to place ideology over family, or family over ideology.
When I came across an article about Newt Gingrich’s lesbian half-sister and her play, “Accidental Activist” about their family, it got me thinking about another Republican politician who has an out lesbian in his family: Dick Cheney. Their very different positions on same-sex marriage could very easily be explained by playing politics. It’s difficult to believe much of what a politician says, particularly during an election year. But let’s assume, for the moment, that both Cheney and Gingrich are sincere in their respective positions. Dick Cheney is for same-sex marriage and Newt Gingrich is against it.
This begs the question, are they both good men? I don’t ask this because of their position on same-sex marriage, exactly. Rather, I’m more interested in the following: is it better to place ideology over family, or family over ideology? How do you balance the two when they are seemingly at odds with each other?
Watch a video of Candace Gingrich-Jones speaking about her brother and their clashing politics: