FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (202) 457-8060 x-105 [email protected]
America's only group dedicated exclusively to preserving marriage calls on presidential candidates to commit to take specific actions if elected.
Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced that it has issued a presidential pledge (www.marriagepledge.com) calling on every Republican candidate to commit to take five specific actions to preserve marriage should they be elected. In 2012, every major Republican presidential candidate signed NOM's presidential pledge including the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney.
"With the US Supreme Court set to issue their opinion on whether the US Constitution somehow prohibits states from defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, it is imperative that we have a presidential candidate who is a champion for marriage, " said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "After eight disastrous years of the Obama administration that has sought to redefine marriage at every turn, and with the potential of a Roe type of decision concerning marriage, America's best option to preserve marriage is to have a president who will lead and take concrete actions to protect marriage. That is what we expect of the next president, and what we ask the candidates to pledge to the American people."
NOM's presidential pledge asks candidates to commit to take the following actions:
- Support a federal constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
- Oppose and work to overturn any Supreme Court decision that illegitimately finds a constitutional "right" to the redefinition of marriage, including nominating judges and an attorney general who are committed to applying the original meaning of the Constitution.
- Conduct a review of regulatory, administrative and executive actions taken by the Obama administration that have the effect of undermining marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
- Support the First Amendment Defense Act and other legislation that recognizes the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their beliefs about marriage without fear of retaliation from the federal government.
- Direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage.
- "There is no more important task we can take to help preserve marriage in America than to elect a president who will be a leader and a doer, not just a talker," said Brown. "NOM plans to play a significant role in advancing a pro-marriage champion in the early primary and caucus states and we look forward to the candidates embracing our pledge."
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-105.
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