Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich believes the debate over gay rights is “one-sided” and against the Catholic church.

Gingrich made his remarks during an NBC Meet the Press panel on Sunday.

After discussing the recent coming out of NBA free agent Jason Collins, host David Gregory asked his panel about the gay rights movement.

Gregory turned to Gingrich to ask whether a Republican presidential nominee could support gay marriage.

“I doubt it,” Gingrich answered, then added: “But what I'm stuck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights. There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts. They're outlawed. There are no rights in DC for Catholics to have adoption service. They're outlawed.”

“This passing reference to religion, we sort of respect religion – sure, as long as you don't practice it,” he continued. “I mean I think it would be good to have a debate over, you know, beyond this question of, 'Are you able to be gay in America?' What does it mean? Does it mean that you have to actually affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept that, and therefore, you're now going to have a secular state say to a wide range of religious groups – Catholics, Protestants, orthodox Jews, Mormons, frankly, Muslims – 'You cannot practice your religion the way you believe it, and we will outlaw your institutions.'”

“What prohibitions are you speaking of?” Gregory asked.

“Well, let's just start with adoption services,” he answered. “It's impossible for the Catholic Church to have an adoption service in Massachusetts that follows Catholic doctrine.”

Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of, noted that Catholic Charities in Boston “affirmatively decided to withdraw adoption services.”

“No one said they are not allowed to provide adoption services,” Reid said.

“No, they withdrew them because they were told, 'You could not follow Catholic doctrine,' which is for marriage between a man and a woman.”

(Watch the entire segment at Meet the Press.)