Newt Gingrich, GOP candidate for president, told a crowd in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Friday that gay marriage is a “temporary aberration,” the Des Moines Register first reported.

In response to a question from the audience, the former House Speaker said: “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know.”

Gingrich made his comments during an event he held at a Best Western hotel conference room.

The Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage with a unanimous decision in 2009.

Troy Price of One Iowa, the state's largest gay rights group, condemned the remarks.

“Mr. Gingrich's comments are out-of-touch with Iowans and I don't think that he is the right person to be lecturing Iowans, or anyone, about loving, committed marriages,” Price told the paper.

Media watchdog's Tanya Somanader expanded on Price's comments.

“Given his own marital history, Gingrich's belief in the solvent nature of same-sex marriage is mildly amusing,” she said, referring to the former lawmaker's three marriages.

(Related: Newt Gingrich suggests gay marriage to blame for economic woes.)