Conservatives Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, are among those competing with Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination, all of which are now among the chorus of Republicans signing the anti-gay pledge in opposition of same sex marriage.
It was surprising when ‘moderate’ Mitt Romney signed but for Santorum, it came as no shock. Conservatives are going pledge crazy. The organization applauding them is, NOM (National Organization for Marriage), the ultra-Conservative group who pledged $2 million to reverse New York’s same sex marriage law. Money speaks volumes in politics because the aforementioned Republican frontrunners sealed the deal with a signature.
After marriage equality passed in New York, NOM’s efforts increased and now it seems that to garner support, a pledge of marriage fidelity and opposition to equal rights has to be a publicly signed statement.
Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry signed a pledge vowing to support a Constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be a union of one man and one woman, the group sponsoring the pledge said on Friday. Previously, Perry has made it clear he believes it’s up to individual States to decide.
“Kudos to Governor Rick Perry for making it clear: he’s a marriage champion,” National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown said in a statement.
By signing the pledge, “Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be even a bigger issue in 2012 than it was in 2008,” Brown said, “because the difference between the GOP nominee and President (Barack) Obama is going to be large and clear.”
Yes, it will and Obama supporters couldn’t agree more; most Americans do not oppose equality for all, and this will be the nail in Perry’s political coffin.
The pledge also includes a vow to support the Defense of Marriage Act in court, appoint judges and an Attorney General who will respect “the original meaning of the Constitution,” and appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of “traditional marriage” supporters.
Brown said his group’s stance on marriage “is a winning position for a presidential candidate.” Most Americans believe it’s a losing position as well as an invasive one.