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Gingrich's Sister Criticizes Speaker's Attack on Gays and Lesbians

Candice Gingrich urged her brother Speaker Newt Gingrich to "stop this Congressional gay-bashing" on the eve of a House hearing on an anti-same-sex marriage bill. Candace, an out lesbian said, "The raising of this issue now, at the national level, is nothing more than election-year scapegoating of one group of Americans." While the bill would not outlaw same-sex marriage in any state, it would define marriage federally as the "legal union between one man and one woman" and would allow states to disregard same-sex marriages performed in other states. The bill attempts to head off effects of an expected court decision in Hawaii that would legalize same-sex marriages in the state.

Media Resources: The Nando Times and Cox News Service, May 14, 1996; USA Today - May 15, 1996