“What I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights. There are no rights forCatholics to have adoption services inMassachusetts. They’re outlawed. There are no rights in DC for Catholics to have adoption service. They’re outlawed,” said Gingrich, who also asserted that states are telling the Church that they “could not follow Catholic doctrine.”
MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid pointed out that it was the Church’s decision to withdraw its services, rather than allow married gay and lesbian couples to adopt.
Reid corrected Gingrich: “I think the point is, is that you don’t have the state attempting to tell religions what to believe. People, if they oppose the idea of gay marriage within their religion, have the absolute right to do so. The question is whether or not religious institutions can make public policy.”