The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has today issued our 2016 Presidential Pledge, calling on all Republican candidates to pledge to take five specific actions to protect marriage if they are elected. This pledge will help give candidates the opportunity to show they are true champions for marriage and not merely providing lip service. In 2012, every major candidate signed NOM’s presidential pledge.
Candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be urged Thursday to sign a pledge promising to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The National Organization for Marriage's request comes as the nation waits to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month to legalize same sex marriage across the country.
"Republicans need to not just give lip service to marriage," Brian Brown, president of the organization, told CNN in an interview. "By signing the pledge they are committing to concrete steps to protect marriage."
Among other things, an advance copy of the five-point pledge provided to CNN calls on candidates to support a constitutional amendment.
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"Our hope is that as many candidates as possible sign, but at the end of the day what we want is a champion for marriage, someone who will stand up and do what is necessary to protect it," Brown said. "So whether we end up having four candidates or 15 we are going to support he candidates that stand up and sign the pledge."
We will never stop defending marriage, and we will support the presidential candidates who are courageous enough to stand up for marriage, as it has always been defined in our nation, and how it always will be defined by nature, by truth, and by the family as the union of one man and one woman.