(Huffington Post) Newt Gingrich blames the Republican party for fostering a corrosive culture that produced Romney as its candidate. The former House Speaker argued that the GOP has grown stale and introverted, putting itself on the wrong side of history on issues like immigration and painting itself into a corner on others, like gay marriage.

On gay marriage, Gingrich says that Republicans can no longer close their eyes to the course of public opinion. While he continues to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, he suggests that the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a “marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state” — the latter being acceptable.

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