Perry Joins Bachmann, Romney and Santorum in Signing NOM Marriage Pledge!


National Organization for MarriageWASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released the following statement today announcing that Gov. Rick Perry has signed their marriage pledge:

"Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for making it clear: he's a marriage champion!," said Brian Brown, president of NOM.  "The purpose of NOM's Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage. Gov. Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as a signer of NOM Marriage Pledge.  By doing so, Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be a bigger issue in 2012 than it was in 2008, because the difference between the GOP nominee and Pres. Obama is going to be large and clear.  We look forward to demonstrating that being for marriage is a winning position for a presidential candidate."

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Mary Beth Hutchins (x105), [email protected], or Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.



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  1. Linda
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I agree with the NOM but the contender that signs an agreement to rid our country of the illegals and protect our borders will get my vote!!

  2. SC Guy
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I'm very glad that Governor Perry signed this. He's currently my favorite candidate in the race and I think he has an excellent chance of winning - not just the GOP nomination - but also the general election.

    Also of interest: polls from Public Policy Polling today find the following:

    Iowa is split on gay marriage 45%-46%

    Wisconsin opposes gay marriage 50%-39%

    Ohio opposes gay marriage 53%-33%

  3. Anselmo
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Marriage equality will be reality. No matter how much NOM and other anti-equality, anti-constitutional groups shout it will happen. NOM is on the wrong side of history and those who oppose equality will be judged in the same light as we now judge the segregationists of the Civil Rights era. You will be called to answer why just like Governor Wallace of Alabama was asked why. Your grnadchildren will be ashamed of the stand you are taking now.

  4. Mike Brooks
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Good for Perry. The polls that show support for so-called SS"M" are starting to change since the Republican candidates have started talking about it and affirming that yes, it's really ok to believe that marriage is a union only between a man and a woman.

    People are tired of political correctness; they want straight talk, leadership, and a return to traditional American values and morals. I can't see how a candidate who proclaims that marriage is the union of a man and a woman can lose votes, except from the homosexuals.

  5. Jamie Ward
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Any politician that signs a pledge to "investigate" a group of people doesn't stand a chance of actually getting elected. Sorry Governor Perry, hope you keep your current job.

  6. Barb
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Mike Brooks. It only takes people with the strength of their convictions to help others realize that their own good sense about traditional marriage was correct all along. I've personally been surprised at how many agree with me when I tell them that marriage is 1 man + 1 woman.

  7. Katie
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    @Mike Brooks: "I can't see how a candidate who proclaims that marriage is the union of a man and a woman can lose votes, except from the homosexuals."

    You do realize there are heterosexuals who support same-sex marriage? I am one of them and would not vote for a candidate who opposed it. And before you accuse me of being a one-issue voter, I also look at a candidate's position on abortion, education reform, and environmental issues, to name a few.

    And yes, there are candidates that oppose same-sex marriage, but support my views on these other issues. They tend to support civil unions, however, so I would vote for them and hope they would eventually support full same-sex marriage.

  8. Lisa
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Great news. There was no doubt in my mind that the Governor would sign the pledge given his strong moral foundation, but it's nice to see he has done so this early in his campaign. And once again, remember folks the most accurate poll is not the one presented by the media, but us getting out to vote for candidates who reflect our values like Perry does.

  9. SC Guy
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    To Katie: There are very few pro-SSM heterosexual, liberal voters like yourself who will base their vote on SSM. After all, I suppose you plan to vote for Mr. Obama who opposes SSM? Opposing SSM is hardly a vote-killer for the GOP - in fact, it's almost essential.

    To Anselmo: I am amused at how many people think (or claim to think) that Governor Perry is a joke. I suppose that's the best for us conservatives because you're greatly underestimating that he's a big player from a huge, diverse state (Texas is second only to California in population). It's also a fallacy to think that being governor of Texas is just like being governor of a huge Alabama or Mississippi. The state is much more diverse than that and is much more of a prep ground for a presidential run.

    Having won so many elections against strong challengers (most recently former Houston Mayor Bill White). Governor Perry has a tremendously strong chance of being elected US President - unlike some of the more small-time players (e.g. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum) running for Prez.

  10. catholicdad
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Good for Perry. Anselmo, please understand that we will answer to God, and nothing- that is, literally nothing- that you could shovel is going to change us one iota.

    Buckle up, Anselmo, because this one is for all the marbles, and there will be no backing down on this side.

  11. Bruce
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    SC Guy leaves out the most interesting stats in the polls he cites.

    70% favor either marriage or civil unions
    29% favor no legal recognition

    67% favor either marriage or civil unions
    31% favor no legal recognition

    61% favor either marriage or civil unions
    36% favor no legal recognition

    It's interesting that the most support for GLBT marriage is in Iowa, where same sex marriage is legal, the folks there seem to be OK with it. This is encouraging for those of us who support marriage equality.

  12. catholicdad
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Bruce, thank you sincerely for demonstrating just how incredibly evil, and regrettably effective, has been the Trojan Horse strategy of civil unions in preparing the ground for subsequent legal action destroying marriage.

    I implore every person of good will who has found themselves duped into the path of "least resistance"; that is, the effortlessly manipulated "I support civil unions but oppose psuedo-marriage", to reflect upon the fact that this position is the very essence of the destruction of marriage in this nation, and the imposition of forced homosexualist indoctrination of our children in schools.

  13. Katie
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    So my first comment is okay, but replying and explaining myself to SC Guy is unacceptable? Okay, NOM.

  14. catholicdad
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Katie: Just as an aside, there is simply no understanding the Great Algorithm which mediates access to the blog. I have lost dozens, scores of posts which somehow failed to trigger the correct degree of happiness in the Great Algorithm.

    Sometimes they show up, after a while.

    Sometimes they don't.

    It is immensely frustrating, believe me I get it.

  15. Louis E.
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Anselmo,"marriage equality" MUST END.To the extent the Constitution can be misconstrued to permit it,the Constitution must be amended to forbid it.The insulting comparison to segregationists is nonsense;race and wrongdoing have nothing to do with each other."Equality" between right and wrong can not be allowed.

    Katie,I am a pro-abortion-rights,anti-creationist,pro-gun-control,anti-death-penalty Democrat who won't vote for a candidate guilty of supporting same-sex "marriage" for any office in which s/he could make a difference.(I do expect to vote for Obama,so long as he doesn't take the plunge and back SSM).

  16. Katie
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Louis, I appreciate (and agree with) all your other positions. I'm afraid you won't get very far with NOM supporters on the abortion front, as they have numerous times posted support for anti-choice candidates.

    You do know Obama supports civil unions and is against the Defense of Marriage Act. He also supports individual states passing same-sex marriage legislation (as New York did). He may not outright support same-sex marriage, but he is certainly more friendly to it than most of the GOP candidates.

  17. catholicdad
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Don't feel like the Lone Ranger Katie. Happens to me all the time. In fact my first attempt to answer you was lost in the Mystical Algorithm.

  18. catholicdad
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Don't feel like the Lone Ranger Katie. Happens to me all the time.

  19. Barb
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I'm glad we agree on marriage, Louis E., b/c we seem to disagree on everything else. It seems to me and many others that Obama, through his actions, has already proven his support for SS"M."

  20. catholicdad
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    Louis is an interesting fellow. I hope there are a whole lot more like him than my experience would tend to indicate, in the ranks of the Obamacrats.

  21. M. Jones
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Traditional marriage is the number one issue for 2012. The nation has lost its moral footing and with earthquakes and hurricanes, we need to see the consequences of our actions. If the GOP wins, and the federal ban upholding traditional marriage is passed, then I believe God will help see that the economy is fixed and bring back jobs. We have a moral housekeeping job to do first.

  22. Randy E King
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Obama has willfully sabotaged the defense of DOMA; which is a direct and blatant violation of his oath of office. This is an impeachable offense that will not be addressed due to the corrupt Democrats in control of our Senate.

    Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department stated in their preliminary court briefings that they did not agree with the successful arguments used in defense of DOMA by the Bush White House; that they will not be using those proven arguments in DOMA cases they were handeling.

  23. Stephen
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I see that my comments here are banned. What a pathetic way to make a living.

  24. SC Guy
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    To Bruce, those numbers can be used the other way too. For instance, you could say that those who support full-fledged SSM are in far fewer number when you add those who are more comfortable with the lesser civil unions than the big bad M word:

    Iowa: 59%-40% against SSM

    Ohio: 69-28% against SSM

    Wisconsin: 64-34% against SSM

    When you add these numbers, even California and New York are against SSM.

  25. catholicdad
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    "Even" California, SC Guy? Ahem. Allow me to bring to the general recollection the astounding, magnificent, inconceivable, mighty and pivotal battle fought for marriage right here in California.

    PS: We won!

  26. Mike Brooks
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I think it's pretty exciting that the candidates are making marriage an issue in their campaigns. Silence on the issue allows so-called same-sex "marriage" to be passively legalized, even though the vast majority of the public defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

    Advocates for so-called ss"m" have played victim for too long, and a sympathetic public has been afraid to take issue with them for fear of being labeled "bigots" and other derogatory terms. With Repubs bringing marriage to the forefront, marriage (real marriage) will be reinstated in the voice of the public as the institution it has been for thousands of years, not some diabolical plan to hurt people who exhibit homosexual behavior.

  27. Mike Brooks
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    NOM - You gotta fix this comments board, or at least provide some explanation about what might prohibit a comment from appearing. It's very frustrating.

  28. Bruce
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree with those who are frustrated with the capricious nature of what gets posted, what doesn't. This is NOM's site, so they can establish whatever rules they like, but they should clue the rest of us in.

  29. Michael
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I am glad to see so many people who haven't let Rick Perry pull a fast one over on them. Some months ago he wrote a book and after he announced he was running for president he told Matt lauer in an interview that he was wrong about what he said in his book. This snake Perry would sell his soul to be president.

  30. Rae
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Traditional marriage is confirmed by God who created marriage. SS marriage is created by man and they can be marriage under a tree and still not be married in the eyesite of God. I think they want to destroy what God created. I hope the NOM Marriage Pledge prevails.

    Once the black people were freed from salvery, i think they should a have done away with the civil rights laws, because today, they seen to put everything under it.

  31. Max Steed
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Great to know that some have been "enlightened" to now believe that mankind has been traditionally mistaken for 6,000+ years about marriage being between 1 woman and 1 man.

    "In the beginning was God." = Intellectual Design, science of fiat creation, understanding gaps in fossil record between species, laws of degeneration, non-Unitarianism, catastrophic events of Biblical proportions. Missing links still missing, Truth.
    In the beginning was Gas = Non-intellectual, religion of evolution. Whered datt (Texas cowboy talk) H2 atom come from...? "Just unknowable" Carl Sagan. Then bow down Carl and worship nature's gas more than the Creator of the Universe.

    Many are just worshiping (serving) Gas (thin air notions).

    Marriage is between one woman and one man.
    Try reproducing the human race any other way,

  32. Melinda Croft
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    This country was founded by The Founding Fathers who wrote and signed the constitution and in it alot of it was based on religion. This country so do as God would have Us do after all /this is God's Country and We are All Gods People and if we would live like we should then we wouldnt have all the problems we have in America. Be friendly and help your neighbor and the poor man give a job lend a hand and what ever decisions people make to do with there personal life they will pay for when they meet God. And as for the election All the candiates say one thing do another as there are too many people running Washington DC,. Not just the president you have the senate and congress as well. If this man will say something one minute and do something totally different to what he earlier said then i sure as hell dont want him as my president god only knows what he would say to get in office and then do once he got there.

  33. George
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I'm pleased to see that Gov. Perry is commited to defending marriage, despite his discouraging comments concerning the NY legislative action. Preserving marriage (and respecting life) is more important than the economy. What good is an economy if society falls apart from moral decay?

    Due to the educational effect of the law, legalizing alternative versions of marriage (same-sex, polygamy, incestuous--all are equally compelling), will require that deconstructed marriage be taught to children as young as kindergarteners. Anyone who thinks this will not destroy society is kidding himself.

  34. Louis E.
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Creationism and "gay rights" are both hogwash that don't belong in a civilized society.

  35. catholicdad
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Louis, while right on marriage, has a huge hole in the middle of his worldview; he cannot allow that things must of necessity have a beginning, must have come to exist.

    This terrible affliction can be easily remedied- in fact, has been, here.

    But as the great Ogden Nash reminds us:

    " A man convinced against his will/ is of the same opinion still."

    What is certain is that Louis, every human being, and Creation itself certainly had a beginning, and there is no possibility that any of them were brought into being by themselves.


  36. Louis E.
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I readily assert the necessity of an Infinitely First Cause that is "God" by definition.I deny any credible evidence exists that the IFC writes books,founds official fan clubs for itself,or has any designated agents on this planet.And I consider all religious creation myths to have been falsified by what evidence there is for the beginning of the Universe and life.

  37. catholicdad
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Well, that is an undeniable bit of progress there, Louis, since the very first assertion in your post above is quite defensible.

    You have now achieved the same knowledge attained by the Greeks, the God of the Philosophers.

    That was enough for the Christian evangelists to work with. The independent corroboration by philosophical means on the part of the Philosophers, of the attributes of the Hebrew God revealed in the Sacred Scriptures, constituted excellent evidence with which to assess the credibility of the Gospel, which proclaims the most stupendously conclusive physical proof imaginable: the actual Resurrection of the actual Jesus Christ from an actual tomb in actual Jerusalem.

    You re almost halfway home, Louis. I enjoy the fact that our journeys coincide at this moment.

  38. Louis E.
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Catholicdad,it is you who should head in my direction rather than I in yours,though.Try brushing up on some of the more critical examinations of "the Sacred Scriptures".

  39. Jay
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if this so called "commission on religious liberty" will also protect the rights of non Christians?
    The first amendment is to protect those who practice religion from government persecution, not to protect a specific religion using the government.
    Theocracy here we come.

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