Newt Gingrich on Friday suggested he would accept recently approved gay marriage laws in Maryland and Washington if approved by voters, The Seattle Times reported.

The former House speaker made his comments during a press conference after meeting privately with Republican lawmakers in Olympia.

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire last week signed a gay marriage bill into law, while Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has championed a similar measure approved by lawmakers on Thursday. O'Malley is expected to sign the bill into law next week.

Opponents in both states have vowed to put the laws up for popular votes.

When asked about the laws, Gingrich responded by saying that while he is personally opposed to marriage equality, enactment via referendum is “the right way.”

“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. “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.”