August 4, 2011
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum have signed a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage to oppose gay marriage at several levels of the federal government, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
But former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has sought to burnish his credentials as an evangelical Christian, declined to sign it, possibly putting him at odds with the social conservatives he is trying to court in Iowa. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is running a four-day Iowa bus tour leading up to the Aug. 13 straw poll in Ames.
Candidates who sign the National Organization for Marriage pledge promise to support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, appoint federal judges who do not see a legal argument for gay marriage and establish a “presidential commission on religious liberty” to protect gay marriage opponents.
The pledge also calls for a referendum on gay marriage in the District of Columbia.
Press release from National Organization for Marriage (NOM):
“Three marriage champions have emerged,” says Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage.
“Many candidates say they support traditional marriage (like President Obama!) but three GOP presidential candidates today stand head and shoulders above the crowd as marriage champions, for their willingness to go beyond words to commit to concrete actions,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM, speaking on the eve of the launch of the Values Voter Bus Tour through 22 Iowa cities, which NOM is co-sponsoring. “We are grateful to Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for their courage and their leadership in standing up for marriage, and so are millions of Americans who care about protecting marriage.”
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► Jayde Wyatt