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Former NM governor: Family Leader pledge ‘offensive to principles of liberty and freedom’

Sunday, July 10, 2011

GOP Presidential hopeful and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson blasted the social pledge unveiled by Iowa homophobe Bob Vander Plaats, calling it “offensive to the principles of liberty and freedom on which this country was founded.”

Johnson said “the so-called ‘Marriage Vow’” pledge that Vander Platts and his Iowa-based conservative Christian group “The Family Leader” is asking Republican candidates for President to sign, attacks minority segments of our population and attempts to prevent and eliminate personal freedom.

Gary Johnson

“This type of rhetoric is what gives Republicans a bad name,” he said.

This “pledge” is nothing short of a promise to discriminate against everyone who makes a personal choice that doesn’t fit into a particular definition of “virtue.”

While the Family Leader pledge covers just about every other so-called virtue they can think of, the one that is conspicuously missing is tolerance. In one concise document, they manage to condemn gays, single parents, single individuals, divorcees, Muslims, gays in the military, unmarried couples, women who choose to have abortions and everyone else who doesn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell painting.


If candidates who sign this pledge somehow think they are scoring some points with some core constituency of the Republican Party, they are doing so at the peril of writing off the vast majority of Americans who want no part of this “pledge” and its offensive language.

The pledge includes 14 bullet points that signers must agree to, including opposition to any “redefinition of marriage,” likens same-sex couples to polygamists and adulterers, and states that homosexuality is both a choice and a health risk.

It also included what critics described as “pro-slavery” language, but the pledge was revised on Saturday to remove that passage.

GOP hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have already signed the pledge.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Finally someone gets it. You may not approve letting someone marry another person, but its their decision, and they should have the right to do so.

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 12:19pm
  2. It’s fantastic to see that a modern-day Republican is sticking out for homosexuals and anything else Christians hate for no reason. Obviously, we should give this man a round of applause for being the only non-absent-minded Republican in the modern world.

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 12:21pm
  3. Hear,hear!

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 12:40pm
  4. :) Maybe there are some sane Republicans outta the psycho, nut jobs.

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 12:40pm
  5. What’s wrong ?

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 1:08pm
  6. the problem is…Gary who??

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 1:25pm
  7. He is right on point! The republican party is suppose to be the party of personal freedoms !

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 1:33pm
  8. For once, coverage of a sensible Republican

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 1:41pm
  9. Finally, someone I can disagree with on many matters in a civil fashion. If Republicans hope to be successful in the long term, they should look to Johnson for some leadership – Now lets see what else he has to say on other issues.

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 2:27pm
  10. calling out hate speech wow now that is something unheard of in America, maybe Johnson will start a new trend !

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 6:39pm