Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said Friday that he disagrees personally with same-sex marriage, but states that have approved it legislatively are “doing it the right way.”

Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker from Georgia, met with lawmakers Friday in Washington state, where same-sex marriage passed the legislature this month. Maryland lawmakers approved same-sex marriage this week. Six states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and five states allow civil unions with similar rights.

“I think at least they’re doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will,” Gingrich said when asked about the votes in Washington state and Maryland. “I don’t agree with it. I would vote no if it were on a referendum where I was, but at least they’re doing it the right way.”

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