All Major Candidates Sign NOM Marriage Pledge, Commit to Concrete Steps to Support Marriage


"[The pledge] commits the three candidates fully to the hottest front in the culture wars." -- Ben Smith, Politico

"Three marriage champions have emerged," says Brian Brown, President of NOM

UPDATE - Tim Pawlenty has signed the pledge as well.

WASHINGTON - "Many candidates say they support traditional marriage (like President Obama!) but three GOP presidential candidates today stand head and shoulders above the crowd as marriage champions, for their willingness to go beyond words to commit to concrete actions," said Brian Brown, president of NOM, speaking on the eve of the launch of the Values Voter Bus Tour through 22 Iowa cities, which NOM is co-sponsoring. "We are grateful to Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for their courage and their leadership in standing up for marriage, and so are millions of Americans who care about protecting marriage."

NOM's marriage pledge was offered to all serious announced candidates for the GOP nomination. An opportunity to sign the Marriage Pledge will be extended to Gov. Rick Perry and other major candidates, if and as they enter the race.

In signing NOM's marriage pledge, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum pledged to:

  • Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman,
  • Defend DOMA in court,
  • Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution,
  • Appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters,
  • Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.

"Marriage is an issue with an unbroken string of victories that unites Republicans, and we're pleased and honored the leading candidates in the race for the GOP nomination have spoken up for marriage. We expect the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina will continue to reward candidates who champion marriage," noted Brown.

The signed pledges can be seen here:
Michelle Bachmann
Tim Pawlenty
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum

Related: Round-Up: Media Coverage of NOM's Marriage Pledge

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of NOM, or Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the Board of NOM, please contact Mary Beth Hutchins, at 703-683-5004 ext. 105.



  1. Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    The 1856 Republican Party platform explicitly opposed polygamy. These people are following in their footsteps.

  2. Al
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I would agree. These folks are all perfectly in tune with 1856.

  3. Kera
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink


  4. D
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Although that is somewhat reassuring, there is still plenty of time before election time and it will interesting to see if they all hold their ground or contract the same disease that has taken away the backbones of so many, supposed, conservative politicians. They need to remember WE ARE WATCHING YOU CLOSELY!!!

  5. Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    These people are perfectly in tune with God's word. God word was the same in 1856 it hasn't changed and it never will. Thank you candidates for standing up for what's right!!

    For those of you who have forgotten America was founded on Christianity and the sacrifices those men/families made to come here and start over was to be able to serve God freely. It's a slap in the face to them and our heritage to try and erase all they went through to make this a great nation.

    If you haven't noticed since God has been taken out of schools and homes there has been a huge moral decline in this country, more crime, drug use, etc...

  6. Louis E.
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    On a grand historical scale,whether or not a marriage has more than one partner of either or both sexes is a detail compared to the completely anathema proposition that there be partners of only one sex.

  7. byrdman
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Good to see these candidates standing strong for traditional marriage. Despite the fallacious claims of victory by the left, we are fighting a winnable war. We need not be silent any longer.

  8. ione oden
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    The lord is with us, this important work is being done by his angels.

  9. AJ
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Before I start I'd just like to make it clear that I'm not here to harass anyone or to ruffle anyone's feathers.

    I'm just here to say that all LGBT people want is to have the same exact rights in marriage as their heterosexual counterparts. There's no desire to undermine anyone's freedom to religion, no scheme to recruit your children, and there's certainly no "homosexual agenda." All we want is to have the same rights that you and your families enjoy.

    Thank you.

  10. Posted August 5, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    @Lori Moss -

    The United States of America was NOT founded on Christianity. Please show me where in the Constitution any of the words "God, Christ, Jesus, Bible," etc. can be found, even one instance.

    I'll even be generous and let you search through the Bill of Rights.

    I'll even be REAL generous, and provide you with two links to the text transcriptions of each document:

    Go ahead, I'll wait.

    Oh, what's that? You can't find those words anywhere in either document? Well, that puts a pretty big hole in your theory that "America was founded on Christianity," doesn't it?

    To borrow your wording, it's a slap in the face of our Founding Fathers to blatently go against the principles in the 1st Amendment that have made this a great nation.

    However, having said that, the thing that I find amazingly sad about this whole affair is that if this was a debate about interracial marriage, say, everyone on the side saying "Marriage can only be between people of the same race!" would be laughed out of existence as a discriminatory bigot.

    For some reason, though, some people think that it's perfectly acceptable to discriminate against homosexuals ...

    PS - Regarding the "moral decline" in this country, "drug use, crime, etc." -- The United States has THE highest incarceration rate in the world, by far (1). PART of the problem is there are people on the Religious Right that believe incarceration is a better deterrant than helping people obviously in need of therapy/detoxification/etc.
    (1) - Source -

  11. Sam Jones
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    They already do, AJ.

  12. Posted August 5, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I'm just here to say that all LGBT people want is to have the same exact rights in marriage as their heterosexual counterparts.

    They have that in Oklahoma.

    In Oklahoma, they have the right to enter into a "union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony", Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 U.S. 15 at 45 (1885), just as their heterosexual counterparts.

  13. Posted August 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Believe Romney if you want, but he's lost a lot of credibility with me:

  14. Jo
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Good work! I really like the concrete steps. We need to take these steps sooner rather than later. 🙂

  15. JT1962
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Michael, do you have a sibling? Since you believe that gays and lesbians have the right to marry an opposite sex partner, I'm sure you'll have no problem hearing that your sibling is marrying a homosexual. I'm also sure you'd welcome that person into your family without a problem.

  16. Darin Southam
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink


    "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE"

    What does this mean??? Both letters are capitalized; in other words they are addressing a PERSON. Do we capitalize things, or notions? No. You cannot explain it away. All you people are the same with all your studies and scholarly "evidence" that God doesn't exist and that He was never in our constitution or Founding Fathers' hearts. Blasphemy I cry! Blasphemy! And if Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and so many others were here, they would tell you they knew God existed and that GOD founded and redeemed this Great Nation through the shedding of the blood of many. Do you think that somehow, we have been the Greatest Nation in the world for so long and that we did this ourselves by our own wonderful greatness? Take a humble pill. You wouldn't believe God if He was standing in front of you himself.... thank the Lord that He designed this life so that we must live by FAITH. Seeing is NOT believing; it has ALWAYS been thus. You must believe first, then you will see.

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR"

    So... who is this referring to? Maybe they thought we created ourselves... that's what they meant right? This Great Nation was founded by HUMBLE men in the most humble circumstances; committing, as it were, treason against their mother country in order to create a better place for generations to come... a place free of kings and tyranny. Now, here we are over two millenniums from then and we are seeking to turn over the constitution and is divine meaning because it is "outdated"? The truth will NEVER be outdated. Never, never.

    "It is when a people forget GOD that tyrants forge their chains."
    - Patrick Henry

    "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
    - John Adams

    "I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our CREATOR."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    “The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that GOD governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
    - Benjamin Franklin

    “My dear friend, do not imagine that I am vain enough to ascribe our success [Revolution] to any superiority…If it had not been for the justice of our cause, and the consequent interposition of PROVIDENCE, in which we had faith, we must have been ruined. If I had ever before been an atheist, I should now have been convinced of the being and government of a DEITY!”
    Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin; In a letter to William Strahan, August 19, 1784

    We stand on holy ground. It will only be holy as long as we recognize our Creator, who gave us this Great Nation.

  17. Darin Southam
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    This is wonderful.

  18. John Noe
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Darin: That has got to be one of the best and well written posts I have seen in almost a year of seeing these posts. I am printing out this blog just so that I can have a copy of your post.

  19. Todd
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    @Darin: anyone can copy quotes, but few people can actually interpret what was written. All you did with your long post was prove A) that you can copy and paste B) you can find founding father quotes online C) you have no idea how long the United States has existed and D) disregarded other great dynasties (Egypt, Rome, Ottoman, Greek, etc.) that have existed much longer than the United States of America. You also showed that yes, the founding fathers were religious. However, there is a clear and decisive separation of church and state in the constitution. Unfortunately, Romney, Bachman, and Santorum (among many, many others both liberal and conservative) have not only disregarded that fact, but twisted it into something that isn't what the founding fathers intended. "In God we trust" was added to coinage under Eisenhower... In the 50's. There is a place in some people's lives for God, and that's great, wonderdul, amazing, whatever. But God has no place in politics, and our constitution makes that abundantly clear. Puritans and Quakers fled Britian because of religious persecution, and that was a theme that resonated throughout the continental congress (freedom of religion-- not Christianity as the ONLY religion!) Another theme was was equality; ALL men are created equal, and their CREATOR is whoever they want it to be. Equality is all LGTB people are striving for; no special treatment. If you don't like it don't associate with it. If people weren't fighting it and trying to amend the constitution over gay rights, it wouldn't be an issue. People are allowed to live their lives how they want to, who the hell is anyone to tell them otherwise? People like you are making it an issue, voting like lemmings for these hateful people who only make decisions based on faith instead of common sense and the collective good. You all are going to be grouped with the bigots and the racists from the 50's and 60's; when history looks back years from now, and none of this is an issue, and the United States can focus on things that actually matter (debt! Social service reform! Foreign policy! Healthcare reform! USPS!) people are going to be shocked to think people were so uneducated. I'm gay, fiscal conservative, college educated, baptized Catholic, two parent home, never abused, I've been in a steady relationship for almost two years, and I'm tired of reading posts from people like YOU who can't understand the fact that GOD is to Christians what ALLAH is to Islamists' and CREATOR means the SAME THING to BOTH of them! And that they have no business being intertwined in politics in any way, shape, or form other than a way that is respectful to every religion, not just yours.

  20. John N.
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Another theme was was equality; ALL men are created equal, and their CREATOR is whoever they want it to be. Equality is all LGTB people are striving for; no special treatment.

    This statement shows the callous lie of the LGBT people. They want a special intrepretation of equality and thus want special treatment. They already have the equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex. It was there decision to reject this.
    Now they demand the right to marry someone of the same sex. That is special treatment and not equal treatment.

    I challenge one LGBT supporter to name any other group of Americans who if they obey the laws can have the same equality as everyone else. But of their own free will turn it down and then want something that no other American can have. Then claim it is not special treatment but equal treatment.
    No other American other than a homosexual can do this.

    For example I want to go to the library equally like everybody else. However I do not wear shoes. They will not let me in. Of course if I wore shoes like everybody else I could go to the library equally.

    So if want to go to the library bare footed am I asking for special treatment or just wanting to be treated equally like the people wearing shoes.

  21. Posted August 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink


    So this is a couple days late, and I'm not sure that anyone is still following this topic, but I just had a follow-up to your comment:

    You do realize that both quotes you provided were from the Declaration of Independence, right? And you do realize that the Declaration of Independence is NOT a legally binding document within the laws/government of the United States, right?

    (Oh, and that Abe Lincoln wasn't a founding father?)

    And look -- I can pick out random quotes, too!

    "Can a free government possibly exist with the Roman Catholic religion?" Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson (19 May 1821)

    "To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart. At what age of the Christian church this heresy of immaterialism, this masked atheism, crept in, I do not know. But heresy it certainly is." Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams (15 August 1820)

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