Despite the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, the National Organization for Marriage has not given up hope that they can push things back in their hateful direction, and this election season they’re again asking Republican presidential candidates to sign a NOM Marriage Pledge.
The pledge contains several elements. Among them:
- Support a federal constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
- Work to overturn the US Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision that illegitimately imposed same-sex ‘marriage’ on every state in the nation, including nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, and appointing an attorney general similarly committed.
- Conduct a review of actions taken by the Obama Administration that have undermined marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Consistent with this, prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities.
- Support the First Amendment Defense Act and other legislation that recognizes the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman without fear of retaliation from the government.
- Direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases 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.
So which candidates are NOM’s hateful ‘marriage champions?’
Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal have all taken the pledge.
How close were you?
Could have been almost any of them. Two holdouts seem to be giving NOM President Brian Brown the most pain, however.
Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker, despite their fierce opposition to and frequent rhetoric against same-sex marriage, have not signed the pledge, and Brown is stomping mad that they in particular haven’t given legitimacy to his sad, pathetic cause.
Said Brown: “It’s unfortunate that some candidates have adopted a blanket position against signing pledges because it puts them at a tremendous disadvantage in seeking our support when there are strong candidates who have pledged to us and our supporters to take very specific and important actions as president. We are far past the point where we will simply rely on generalities and broad statements from a candidate; we need to know with specificity what actions they will take as president. As President Reagan once said, we must ‘trust, but verify.’ Accordingly, we urge these candidates to reassess their stance and sign NOM’s pledge.”