Bachmann Signs Pledge for Ban on Porn and Same-Sex Marriage

Jul 8, 2011 1:57pm

ABC News' Russell Goldman (@GoldmanRussell) reports:

Michele Bachmann became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge, vowing to support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman, and which calls for a ban on all pornography.

“The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” sponsored by the Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative organization, equates same-sex marriage with bigamy and polygamy and calls on candidates to promise to be faithful to their spouses.

The two-page pledge includes a “Declaration of Dependence on Marriage and Family” that blames several factors for the deterioration of traditional marriage including “quickie divorce” and unmarried couples living together. The pledge also describes homosexuality as a choice and not genetic.

“This debasement [of marriage] continues as a function of adultery; ‘quickie divorce;’… [and] anti-scientific bias which holds in complete absence of empirical proof that not non-heterosexual inclinations are genetically determined,” reads the pledge.

Candidates, like Bachmann who sign the pledge, vow  “vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage…through statutory, bureaucratic, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex.”

They also recognize that “married people enjoy better health, better sex.”

Though Bachmann sponsored a Minnesota law defining marriage between a man and a woman, the positions she supports in the pledge contradict some of the statements she has made publicly regarding gay people and same-sex marriage.

Bachmann’s support of a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, conflicts with previous comments she has made, in which she has said she would not interfere with states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

“I do believe in the 10th Amendment and I do believe in self-determination for the states,” she said during a CNN debate in June.  “I'm running for the presidency of the United States. And I don't see that it's the role of a president to go into states and interfere with their state laws.”

By signing the pledge she supports the idea that homosexuality is a choice, and that being gay is a health risk. Last month, however, she told CBS’ Bob Scheifer that  she was “not running to be anyone’s judge.”

"You know, I firmly believe that people need to make their own decisions about that," she said when asked if being gay was a choice. "But I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone's judge. And that's where I'm coming from in this race."

The first two states to pick a Republican candidate for the White House, Iowa and New Hampshire, have both legalized same-sex marriage.

The pledge also ask candidates to promise to oppose the imposition of Sharia Islamic law.

Bachmann’s campaign did not respond to comment for this story.

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