Gingrich supports fathers rights

While attending the Seacoast Republican Women’s Breakfast in New Hampshire, former Speaker of the House New Gingrich said the U.S. family court system has an “extreme anti-male bias” when designating a custody dispute between a mother and father, according to the blog Fathers and Families.

Newt Gingrich fathers rightsRead the DadsDivorce.com article “Newt Gingrich Criticizes Discrimination Against Fathers Rights.”

Gingrich discussed his views on the issue after he was approached by Fathers and Families activists at the event. At issue was the fact that the U.S. legal system typically awards minor custody to women considerably more often than men if a couple splits up, according to the news source.

When asked about his thoughts on family court reform, Gingrich said he believes the nation has progressed to a point that authorities should realize men have just as much right to see their children as women.

“We live in an age that is very different than 50 years ago and I think that it … is very important…that we have a much greater sensitivity that both sides, both parents, both have rights and have responsibilities…” he said.

About 75 percent of all custody awards in the U.S. are given exclusively to the mother, while only about 10 percent are made solely to fathers, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.