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Alabama Congressional Candidate Demands His Rivals Pledge to Condemn Homosexuality, Gay Marriage

Dean-Young-Alabama-via-Facebook-615x345Dean Young is one of nine Republican candidates looking to replace veteran Republican Representative Jo Bonner in Alabama's First Congressional District. So what does a conservative candidate have to do to distinguish himself from the eight other candidates vying for the same spot?

If you're Young, you try to appear more conservative than all of the others, and then encourage all of the other candidates to follow your lead. That's precisely why he introduced the "Pledge to Oppose Gay Marriage", a six-point pledge that mandates each candidate to affirm:

"1. I believe that the only marriage is between one man and one woman.

"2. I believe the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality and thereby gay marriage. 

"3. The tenants of my church oppose gay marriage.

"4. I oppose gay marriage.

"5. As a member of Congress, I shall take active steps to oppose gay marriage.

"6. I support the by-law change to expel any member of the Republican Executive Committee who opposes the party position by supporting gay marriage."

Pledge to Oppose Gay MarriageAccording to AL.com, Young has been circulating this pledge all week long, and drafted the pledge because he believes that homosexuality and same-sex marriage is "a corruption which seeks to destroy the concept of the family." The pledge itself reads that it is “time for men and women of faith to stand for the founding Christian values and morals that made our nation great, to defend our families and the sacred holiness of marriage.”

ThinkProgress cited Article I, Section 3 of Alabama’s constitution, which says outright that: "No religious test shall be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state; and that the civil rights, privileges, and capacities of any citizen shall not be in any manner affected by his religious principles."

While participation in the pledge is purely voluntary, Young is clearly in violation of the spirit of the state Constitution, which establishes no state religion and values each citizen's freedom to choose their faith, by "suggesting that one can only be a good representative if they are part of the right kind of church." Young, on the other hand, claims to be fighting "for the rights of the American people" on his official website.

Previously, Young has condemned the Supreme Court's decision to gut DOMA, saying that:

“We have a Supreme Court that is legislating from the bench and completely out of control, destroying the Judeo-Christian culture this nation was founded on. Marriage is between one man and one woman, no matter what the Supreme Court says.”

Young is also one of two candidates in the race that include the impeachment of President Obama as part of their campaign platforms. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that, despite his radically-conservative ideas, Young seems to be doing very well. ThinkProgress reports how the Young campaign has "garnered more than 24 percent of the vote in a 2012 primary challenge to Bonner." 

"His campaign website boasts of an endorsement from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was unanimously removed by his fellow judges during a previous term for failure to comply with a court order to remove an unconstitutional display of the Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building. Young currently leads the 2013 contenders in reported cash-on-hand thanks to more than $129,000 in self-financing."

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  1. That's quite the control freak--telling his rivals how to proceed. They should all ask him to sign a contract to stop being such a pr*ck.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 22, 2013 7:01:04 PM

  2. CBS NEWS 8/22
    "Poll: Half say racial equality not yet a reality50 years after King's "I have a dream" speech, many feel real progress in race relations hasn't happened"

    Any speculation on Gays in 50 years?

    Posted by: BG | Aug 22, 2013 7:01:15 PM

  3. bet he eats gulf shrimp , doesn't wear wool underwear with his wool suit

    Posted by: walter | Aug 22, 2013 7:03:56 PM

  4. Oy. Again with the pledges.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Aug 22, 2013 7:04:54 PM

  5. It is a sad state of affairs when your hate for others is what defines you.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 22, 2013 7:07:54 PM

  6. He's not just a bigot, he's illiterate: in the phrase "the tenants of my church," the word should be "tenets," not "tenants." Tenets are beliefs. The "tenants" of his church would be whoever is renting the building. Maybe they could rent out the space between his ears, also, because he's obviously not using it.

    Posted by: david | Aug 22, 2013 7:11:46 PM

  7. He got his list from the Department of Redundancy Department.

    I'm going to assume he's not ahead in the polls at this point.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 22, 2013 7:13:13 PM

  8. TENETS you pathetic joke.

    Posted by: Chaz | Aug 22, 2013 7:14:28 PM

  9. Yep. It's all about 'my religion says'. Not human rights. Makes no difference which religion, either. Primitive men...still throwing rocks at the sun.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 22, 2013 7:16:44 PM

  10. Yes SIR!

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 22, 2013 7:17:50 PM

  11. "The tenants of my church ..."

    Well, I suppose that his church might operate a rental property... but generally people don't take credit for their tenants views.

    More likely, he's just a moron.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 22, 2013 7:18:39 PM

  12. Such a bummer when your bigoted declaration also demonstrates just how illiterate and stupid you truly are. Take note, Palin, Perry,Cruz, Priebus, oh crap, the whole rethuglican party.

    Posted by: Reggie | Aug 22, 2013 7:20:10 PM

  13. Completely irrelevant now what Billy Bob believes. This has been decided at the federal level, which, y'know, trumps cracker town.

    Posted by: David | Aug 22, 2013 7:28:04 PM

  14. I hope he doesn't turn out to be gay (in about 15 years). Although, I don't think anyone would really be surprised....

    Posted by: AdamTh | Aug 22, 2013 7:33:53 PM

  15. #1: Doesn't he mean that he believes only in marriage between one man and one woman AT A TIME? Or does he believe what Jesus taught, that a person who gets a divorce and marries another commits adultery? It looks like we have another cafeteria Christian here. He searches the bible looking for things that he can hurl at people he already hates and ignores the things that may apply to himself or his friends.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2013 7:35:57 PM

  16. ...but someone should really look into the situation at his church. If they really have tenants -- if they are rending-out space, that could have tax ramifications. Tax the suckers! It's a shame we can't tax stupid.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Aug 22, 2013 7:40:12 PM

  17. Hmmm...closet case?

    Posted by: bkmn | Aug 22, 2013 7:51:52 PM

  18. at the risk of sounding cliche, he looks gay to me.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Aug 22, 2013 7:56:30 PM

  19. #2: The bible's condemnation of homosexuality. Does he also want them to sign on to the bibles condemnation of working on the Sabbath. Both must to be punished by death. Here he is in that cafeteria again. Just imagine how many good old boys votes he would get if he said, as the bible REQUIRES, that all those who work on the Sabbath shall be stoned to death.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2013 8:12:31 PM

  20. REMEMBER, FOLKS -- IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS, not who Benjamin is sleeping with. These assholes make their living using Gays as a convenient target to raise funds from elderly donors who think it is 1850.

    IT IS A WASTE TO ARGUE WITH THEM, because they do not necessarily believe what they are saying

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 22, 2013 8:33:19 PM

  21. White Trash.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Aug 22, 2013 8:45:52 PM

  22. Religious people being A HOLES. Nothing else to see here folks. It's typical of their kind.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Aug 22, 2013 9:36:56 PM

  23. Why don't these mentally challenged Christians pledge against fornication, divorce, and lust? ya know...thing heteros commit every single day? Christians aren't even hiding their bigotry these days.

    Posted by: Bama Man | Aug 22, 2013 9:37:41 PM

  24. Who gives a flying blank about your man made religion regarding fairies in the sky? You're chosen to govern the state not bible. Church people don't know their boundaries and THIS is why we need more agnostic and atheists in law making. Too many Christians can't separate their cult from law.

    Posted by: Teleio | Aug 22, 2013 9:39:33 PM

  25. All enemies are gay right? I think gay fantasies have no bounds.

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 22, 2013 9:50:25 PM

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