Michele Bachmann signs anti-gay pledgeTop Highlights, Breaking News Friday, July 8th, 2011
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann signed a controversial pledge on Thursday that established her intent to implement rigid anti-gay policies if elected.
The Candidates’ Pledge, also known as The Marriage Vow, was created by The Family Leader, a prominent Iowa group that promotes Christian conservative social values. Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of the conservative organization, said the decision to seek pledges resulted from the New York legislature’s approval of same-sex marriage, as well as recent sex scandals involving high-profile political figures.
Presidential hopefuls who sign the pledge must agree to personal fidelity to his or her spouse, the appointment of constitutionalists as judges, opposition to any redefinition of marriage, and prompt reform of uneconomic and anti-marriage aspects of welfare policy, tax policy and divorce law.
According to Politico, candidates must also vow to take a firm stance against human trafficking, abortion, infanticide and prostitution, and support legal advocacy of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Bachmann is the first and, thus far, only candidate to sign The Marriage Vow, although Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty is currently reviewing the pledge.
Former Michigan Governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and retired Georgia businessman Herman Cain declined to comment on their respective positions regarding the pledge.
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