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Iowa group wants GOP presidential hopefuls to sign anti-gay marriage pledge

Thursday, July 7, 2011

An Iowa-based Christian conservative group, The Family Leader, on Thursday unveiled a pledge asking Republican presidential candidates to be faithful to their spouses, and work tirelessly to oppose same-sex marriage.

The pledge, entitled “The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family,” includes 14 points, including:

  • Vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage … through statutory, bureaucratic, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are .. same-sex.
  • Earnest, bona fide legal advocacy for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the federal and state levels.
  • Steadfast embrace of a federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman…

The pledge also states that homosexuality is both a choice and a health risk; the ninth point of the pledge calls for banning “all forms of pornography.”

The Family Leader is a conservative traditional values organization headed by Iowa Republican homophobe Bob Vander Plaats, leader of the effort that resulted in the voter recall of three Iowa supreme court justices last November.

“We believe that the candidates’ positions on core values, such as marriage, correlate directly to his/her moral stances on energy issues, sound budgeting policies, national defense, and economic policies,” Vander Plaats said in a statement.

Vander Plaats says the vow of marriage fidelity doesn’t apply to past behavior, but only looking forward. (So you’re safe, Newt.)

In April, Vander Plaats called homosexuality “a public health risk” akin to “second-hand smoke.”

He also wants the remaining four Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled for marriage equality in 2009 to resign, and is calling for their impeachment if they do not.

Update: On Thursday evening, Michele Bachman became the first GOP presidential hopeful to sign the pledge. Story here.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. I hate assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:21pm
  2. Me too, Reece!

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:29pm
  3. They are sad and miserable people.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:31pm
  4. Iowa: a state that needs to get laid and calm the fuck down.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:32pm
  5. omg. why doesn’t this surprise me.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:34pm
  6. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:35pm
  7. It seems as if Republicans are no longer a political party, as they have developed into nothing more than an organization of violent hate mongers and distasteful, rude, unintelligent people who enforce laws that are both unconstitutional and unjust.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:38pm
  8. Well, I’d like all of the members of The Family Voice (and similar groups) to sign a ‘non-proliferation’ agreement promising they won’t breed so as to put more hateful, hurtful people in this world but fat damn chance of that happening.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:43pm
  9. Is it just me, or does he look like he has the dick sucking face in that picture? I’m just sayin… lol

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:45pm
  10. ^ hahah win !

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:48pm
  11. Lol..this is really gettin out of hand…And i thought this country was already over descrimination….sad smh

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:55pm
  12. *yawn* This is getting so old…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:18am
  13. He is a mentally ill. He need a assailant

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:52am
  14. I want them all to sign a pledge to be humane and to pursue enacting laws that will move us toward equal rights for eveyone. What a concept for Americans, eh?

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:49am
  15. look @ his hair… tragic…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:41am
  16. why are these two things paired together? They have enough trouble being faithful by itself, they couldn’t possibly be focused enough to do both at once.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:41am
  17. …H*A*T*E*F*U*L!!!!!…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:41am
  18. Really??? They want Republican presidential candidates to be faithful to their spouses? Bwahahahahaha… like a pledge will keep them “faithful”… AND work tirelessly to oppose same-sex marriage? Idiots, backward, hypocritical idiots!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:41am
  19. Hopefully this group will soon be put on the Southern Law Poverty Center’s list of terrorist groups.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:42am
  20. Too late. Some of us are already married to our same-sex partners. BTW, this is no surprise. One of the planks in the party for years has been a call for no gay marriage. They’re just doubling-down as usual.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:43am
  21. suck a dick faggot!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:45am
  22. Without exception, all public outcries of anti-gay this or that in the US, have been voiced by closeted gay men. In addition, more than one study has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that homophobia is coupled with same-sex attraction. The evidence is so vast now that it will hold up in a court of law.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:46am
  23. Separating the wheat from the chaff.
    This should marginalize the bastards.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:46am
  24. …H*A*T*E*F*U*L!!!!!…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:49am
  25. To:

    Lorretta Jackson
    Office Manager
    Bachmann & Associates
    (651) 379-0444

    Ms. Jackson:

    You have not yet responded to my e-mail request to learn who if anybody licenses Bachmann & Associates.

    When I first called Bachmann & Associates with this question, instead of answering it, the person said, in a tone of pique “Did you want to make an appointment?”

    A prospective patient/client would have the right to know who if anybody licenses Bachmann & Associates, would they not?

    The person I was speaking with then alleged that they couldn’t give me your e-mail, because Bachmann & Associates doesn’t have e-mail.

    Obviously, I was able to find your e-mail address online.

    Why are you refusing to let me know who if anybody licenses Bachmann & Associates?

    Sincerely,

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:00am
  26. If these shmucks get their foot in the door, I’m moving North.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:14am
  27. Iowa can succ my rainbow dicc.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 1:22pm
  28. They are no longer a political party but a terrorist organization. It’s time to vote these morons out of office and make them work for a living for once.

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:32am
  29. …and yet, Iowa actually HAS gay marriage

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 11:46am