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Romney, Johnson Reject Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge

July 13, 2011Posted in Blog, Facebook, Gov. Gary Johnson, Liberty, Twitter

From WSJ - Washington Wire By Danny Yadron

Bob Vander Plaats, an influential Iowa conservative who unveiled his anti-gay-marriage pledge last week, may have gone too far.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney outright rejected the “Marriage Vow” written by Mr. Vander Plaats and his advocacy group, The Family Leader. It asks candidates to oppose gay marriage, pornography and Sharia Law, among other things. The pledge drew fire for originally suggesting African American children were better off under slavery, a sentence since removed.

“Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage,” Mr. Romney’s spokeswoman Andrea Saul, said in an email. “But he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.”

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a libertarian, also refused to sign it, calling it “offensive.”

In a statement, he said that “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.”

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