As the election season heats up, all eyes will be turned on the GOP presidential race. Will the candidate who goes on to challenge Barack Obama be someone who firmly believes in protecting marriage? That’s what the NOM Marriage Pledge is designed to do—publicly commit Republican presidential candidates to pursuing five critical goals to protect marriage:
- Support sending a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification.
- Nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and to applying the original meaning of the Constitution, appoint an attorney general similarly committed, and thus reject the idea our Founding Fathers inserted a right to gay marriage into our Constitution
- Defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act vigorously in court.
- Establish a presidential commission on religious liberty to investigate and document reports of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed.
- Advance legislation to return to the people of the District of Columbia their right to vote on marriage.
via NOM Marriage Pledge.
If you were in doubt of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s intentions on the issue of marriage equality, now you know. Not only will he seek to modify the Constitution to promote bigotry and persecution based on religion, he will also appoint activist judges to the Supreme Court who support his agenda. The intense mental gymnastics it takes to describe such acts as “conservative” is breathtaking. A presidential commission to investigate harassment and civil rights violations against those who crusade to strip rights from homosexuals? The hypocrisy is astounding, but not shocking. Of all of the GOP candidates for president, only Ron Paul has refused to sign the pledge.