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Three GOP candidates pledge to investigate harassment of same-sex marriage opponents

Three Republican candidates for president are promising to appoint a presidential commission to investigate whether traditional marriage supporters are harassed because of their stance on the issue, according to the National Organization for Marriage.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum all signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge, the group announced Thursday.

The promise to support a presidential commission was just one of several planks in the pledge.

The candidates also promised to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and to “appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution.”

Sources tell The Daily Caller that Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Thad McCotter, Ron Paul and Tim Pawlenty all declined to sign the pledge.

“Marriage is an issue with an unbroken string of victories that unites Republicans,” said Brian Brown, president of the conservative marriage advocacy group, “and we’re pleased and honored the leading candidates in the race for the GOP nomination have spoken up for marriage.”

The organization added that “serious announced candidates for the GOP nomination” had the opportunity to sign its marriage pledge.

  • Billsmoot

    “and we’re pleased and honored the leading candidates in the race for the GOP nomination have spoken up for marriage.”Since when was Rick Santorum EVER a leading candidate.  This loser couldn’t even keep fom being voted out of office as Senator.  Is this the best the GOP has to offer?  Why doesn’t Rush announce
    as a candidate?  He knows everything – just ask him…

  • JHS

    My jaw dropped to read this news article.  How about appointing a commission to examine the harrassment of GLBT people their entire lives?  How about appointing a commission to examine the total injustice of denying fellow citizens the basic rights (and responsibilities) of marriage simply because they are different?  How about appointing a commission to examine how GOP candidates jump on a right wing social issue to boost their chances, saying they will grind the lives and hopes of GLBT people into the dust — simply to pander to those who are fearful of difference and those who cling to outdated traditions? 

  • JHS

    My jaw dropped to read this news article.  How about appointing a commission to examine the harrassment of GLBT people their entire lives?  How about appointing a commission to examine the total injustice of denying fellow citizens the basic rights (and responsibilities) of marriage simply because they are different?  How about appointing a commission to examine how GOP candidates jump on a right wing social issue to boost their chances, saying they will grind the lives and hopes of GLBT people into the dust — simply to pander to those who are fearful of difference and those who cling to outdated traditions? 

    • Newly Minted

      I spent 30 years living as a homosexual.  I know all about it.

      You actually say there is real discrimination in America?  There is a “gay” TV network.  Dozens of “gay” TV characters and countless “gay” celebrities.  Can you name even one “gay” celebrity whose career ended over his homosexuality?  Homosexuality is celebrated in parades, special government sanctioned “gay pride” days in almost every city.  We have many “gay” elected officials, including members of Congress and mayors. 

      I came out in the late 1970s with zero hassles or opposition.  I experienced much more hatred and threats for speaking out against the practice in this era than I ever did for speaking out for it in the late ’70′s.  We are living in an age of the intolerant left.

      I’d be careful when you speak about marriage as a civil right that’s open to the “different.”  This ends only one way, in polygamy and in adult incest being called marriage.

      Homosexuality is an unhealthy practice.  It is an illusion.  It hurts those who practice it.  It should be tolerated but silent, concealed and proscribed.  DADT is the perfect solution for the whole country.

      • Newly Minted

        You’ll have to find someone else to insult, which is the standard leftist tactic.

        Get this, we’re done being bullied.  The name calling won’t work anymore.  I don’t listen past this stage, nor will I respond to your childish temper tantrums anymore.

        “Boy” is right.  Party of leftism is perpetual adolescence. 

        • Dakotahgeo

          For being a “liberated” guy from a bad habit, I’d say you had a lot of misplaced anger, little guy.  You should be happy and proud of your obvious “cure”… unless, you weren’t….!  Then I’d be damn disgruntled too!  Better check that closet again… maybe you left a sex toy in there.

      • Dakotahgeo

        I’d say Newly Minted is still tightly nailed in his closet, unfortunately.  You’re your own prisoner now… you can blame noone but yourself.  I don’t think you’d be too “happy” with any crowd you mingled in.  So sad for you,  Newly Minted.

        • Newly Minted

          I was out in the late 1970′s.  I did TV, radio, had a “gay” newspaper column.  I was an activist. I was this way till about three years ago.

          I know full well the reaction of leftists to my story…insult, insult, insult. Snicker, jeer and deny.

          This is all just a symptom of the leftist melt down that we see and hear all around us.   My choice is to ignore them after one round.

          • Dakotahgeo

            Leftist meltdown???  The left is doing quite well, thank you.  Thanks to “your” people and their “cure” for being themselves, we have http://www.FCKH8.com  and other such groups.  You’ve done a LOT of hard work for our side, and we thank you.  (My statement,  “I don’t think you’d be too “happy” with any crowd you mingled in,” still stands).

      • Dakotahgeo

        Sounds more like a Baaaachmann son who was molested and escaped.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=582330579 Charlie Cowan

        There are gay tv networks because people have not accepted homosexuality well enough to just have TV networks. You’re only proving that it exists. The gay characters are mostly the sassy effeminate man stereotype or lesbians.

        No, two consenting adults of the same gender will NEVER lead to child brides. You could have come across as simply looking behind the times, instead of looking like someone who actively seeks to demonize a group of people to justify violence against them.

    • Shelia_poole

      Why marriage?  Isn’t the laws and rules that bind a civil union enough?  Civil Unions recognize the union and love between GLBTs. It gives you all the rights that you say are important to you.  So? What’s the problem?