Dear Marriage Supporter,
Herman Cain's position on marriage is moving in the right direction. After earlier opposing a federal constitutional amendment on marriage, arguing that marriage should be left to the states, Mr. Cain told CBN's David Brody on Saturday that he now supports a federal marriage amendment.
What accounts for the change of heart?
Here's what Mr. Cain told David Brody:
I used to believe that it could be just handled by the states but there's a movement going on to basically take the teeth out of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and that could cause an unraveling, so we do need some protection at the federal level because of that and so yes I would support legislation that would say that it's between a man and a woman.
I applaud Herman Cain's growing recognition of the need to protect marriage, not just at the state level, but at the federal level as well. Herman Cain has always been outspoken in support of marriage, but actions speak louder than words. It's time for Herman Cain to sign the NOM Marriage Pledge and join Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Mitt Romney, and Sen. Rick Santorum as true leaders for marriage. (See the signed pledges here.)
One gets the sense that Herman Cain may be just figuring out exactly how important marriage is to Republican voters. But his piecemeal and evolving positions on marriage do not serve his campaign well. The one way for Herman Cain to put this issue behind him is to sign the Pledge today.
We are grateful for the leadership on marriage already shown by the GOP presidential field. Please take a moment to urge Herman Cain to join Bachman, Perry, Romney and Santorum in publicly supporting marriage and pledging concrete actions to protect marriage should we elect them president of the United States.
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage