There also is something that my brother said in the interview with which I do not agree (you knew it couldn't last!). Newt suggested that both he and the Republican Party could accept a distinction between a "marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state." The fact is that there already is a distinction between ceremonial marriage (whether in a church, a synagogue or a temple, or on the beach, in a fire hall, etc.) and a legal marriage license. Marriage opponents have been effective at clouding this issue, but marriage equality will not and cannot force anyone to perform or hold a wedding ceremony in their house of worship. One of the important pieces of the marriage equality legislation in my home state of Maryland was clearly worded language that spelled this out. (On a related note, Maryland also passed the DREAM Act, another type of bill that my brother suggested Republicans should support.)
On a personal level, reading the interview made me proud of my brother. The time that my wife Rebecca and I have spent with Newt has had an effect, and he has evolved on marriage. I know this was just one interview, and I don't imagine he'll be googling PFLAG anytime soon, but it is most definitely progress. And while the rest of America may not get the spotlight my family does, this same progress is happening everywhere. It is inspiring to know that the conversations we as LGBT people have with our families and loved ones, neighbors, co-workers and classmates can lead to real change in hearts and minds. It's not an easy journey, and it sure ain't over, but I hope our family's experience can give a little hope to those who are on the same path.