Newt Gingrich continues his shift on gay marriage, saying Republicans need to wake up to reality.

Appearing on Fox News, Gingrich, the former House Speaker and a leading candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, said he did not regret voting for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) but added that it was time to accept the reality of the inevitability of marriage equality.

“As a matter of practical reality, we [Conservatives] have to deal with the objective fact that nine states have adopted a rule which is now going to make life more complicated. Again, in my personal views, in my beliefs, I don't back up an inch from the core belief of the Bible and the core belief of my church that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I am trying to understand how are we going to cope with the complexity that this fact has now entered into our life.”

“I think this is a very complicated human problem and Republicans need to take a deep breath and understand we need to deal with the human side of this equation – and understand that we want to defend marriage in its classic form between a man and a woman. I don’t accept that there's an alternative. The government can declare that a Ford truck is Air Force One. That doesn't mean it can fly.”

“We've got to learn to do it [defend religious liberty] much, much better. I watched us get out maneuvered by the Left over and over for the last couple of years in ways that I found frustrating and infuriating. And I think we have to learn from that.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Newt Gingrich's marriage shift called “stupid” by NOM's Frank Schubert.)