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On a day that saw CNN announce the return of “Crossfire”, on Wednesday evening Piers Morgan welcomed the programs' new hosts – Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones – and invited his foursome to share their individual perspectives on some of the days most-pressing and polarizing news stories.
Turning first to Gingrich, a veteran of "Piers Morgan Live," the host asked the former House Speaker to react to a pair of Supreme Court decisions which are being largely viewed as victories for equal rights amongst same-sex couples.
"What I object to in this case is very clear cut," said Gingrich, referring to the tightly-contested rulings which did away with the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed Proposition 8. "You had a 5-4 decision to reject eight million Californians on the grounds that eight million people have no standing before the Supreme Court. That's a huge mistake."
Jones, meanwhile, representing the opposite side of the issue than his male counterpart, noted that those who are worried about preserving marriage are taking issue with the wrong people:
"Kim Kardashian has done more harm to traditional marriage than any gay person," he suggested. "The institution of marriage has been falling apart because heterosexuals have been screwing it up. We're the ones getting divorced, we're the ones cheating, we're the ones who are shacking up."
Making her "Piers Morgan Live" debut, Cupp noted the political impact of Wednesday's rulings:
"To me, the significant ruling in DOMA wasn't just that the federal government has to acknowledge the right of gay people to marry, but that the federal government has to acknowledge the right of the states," said the 34-year-old commentator and author. "As a small government Conservative, who supports Federalism, I think this was a huge victory for Federalism, and if you believe in small government, and Conservatism with a 'C,' then you have to see that as at least a sliver lining."
Waiting her turn, Cutter was fine going fourth, and turned few heads with her stance:
"I don't think it's a surprise where I stand. I am very happy about the Supreme Court's decision today on DOMA," she told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "A lot of us have been against DOMA for a long time and been fighting to overturn it."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with new hosts of "Crossfire," which previously aired on CNN for more than 20 years, but will relaunch this Fall, marking it's return to television for the first time in nearly a decade. And for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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