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Family Leader Marriage Pledge Falters

July 14, 2011Posted in Blog, Gov. Gary Johnson, Twitter


From Politico by Kendra Marr:

In a year when pledges have become all the rage for Republican presidential primary candidates, The Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow” seems to be falling flat.

The pledge is causing more problems for the two candidates who have signed than for the rest of the candidates, who’ve refused, and giving an opening to complaints that the conservative Christian group might have tried to go too far.

The 14-point vow asks candidates to pledge “personal fidelity” to their spouses, remove female soldiers from combat roles and recognize that “robust childbearing and reproduction” maintains America’s health and security. It calls for acknowledgment that “children raised by a mother and a father experience better learning, less addiction, less legal trouble and less extramarital pregnancy.” Plus, it requires those who sign to fight prostitution, pornography and Sharia law.

Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who’s running as a staunch libertarian, called the pledge offensive to “everyone else who doesn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell painting.”

Johnson’s usually an outlier in the 2012 field, but now Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and even Herman Cain and Tim Pawlenty — who on Wednesday launched a new effort to appeal to the same kind of Iowa conservative evangelical voters who make up The Family Leader’s membership — have also refused to sign. (Jon Huntsman has said he won’t sign any pledges.)

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