Monday, December 12, 2011

Gingrich Finally Signs off on The FAMiLY LEADER's "Marriage Vow" (Updated Below!)

Republican presidential candidate and serial adulterer Newt Gingrich finally signed off on The FAMiLY LEADER's "Marriage Vow", over four months past its deadline date.  Newt wants you to know that he will do everything he can if he becomes the President of the United States to destroy my family and to not cheat on his third wife like he did during his first two wives:
As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military. I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman. I will support all efforts to reform promptly any uneconomic or anti-marriage aspects of welfare and tax policy. I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell noted last week that Gingrich is "too old to cheat".  I'm not too sure about that supposed truth, but Gingrich really wants us to believe that he will never cheat on his current wife and more power to him.  I think it would be terrible of him to disrespect his own marriage by committing yet another act of adultery. 

If only he and his fellow GOP candidates would show a little respect to my marriage and others like it.  He won't be less likely to cheat if I remain married to Mark.  On the same day that Gingrich is pledging to do everything in his power as POTUS to harm my family and others like it, GOP candidate Mitt Romney proudly told a gay veteran and his husband that he supports the repeal of their marriage.  As it stands now, the GOP candidates are offering me absolutely no reason to support any of them with my votes or my campaign contributions.

Update: Contrary to other reports, One Iowa reports that Gingrich doesn't appear to have actually signed off on The FAMiLY LEADER's "Marriage Vow", but instead provided them with some sort of response to it.  This is what One Iowa had to say earlier today:
Newt Gingrich has provided a response but did not sign a controversial marriage pledge that calls for opposition to same-sex marriage rights.

Gingrich, who has a half sister who is a lesbian, has previously said in Iowa that same-sex marriage “is a temporary aberration that will dissipate.” In his letter to The Family Leader, he advocated a federal constitutional amendment that would deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The Family Leader is a high-profiled organization in Iowa that advocates for evangelical Christians that is headed by former Iowa candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats. The group’s 14-point marriage pledge calls for opposition to anything but one-man/one-woman marriage.

...Vander Plaats this summer said only candidates that sign the pledge would be considered for an endorsement by The Family Leader. Gingrich, a former U.S. House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, in July spoke at an event held by The Family Leader but declined to sign the pledge. He said in July that he and his staff would continue to review the document.

...The letter is little more than political pandering to conservatives on the backs of gay and lesbian families, said Troy Price, the director of One Iowa, the state’s largest civil rights group focused on gay and lesbian issues.

“Only time will tell whether this will be enough for the Family Leader to break its commitment to its members and endorse someone who won’t sign their pledge, but one thing is clear – Newt Gingrich is the last person who should be telling loving and committed couples, regardless of whether they are gay or straight, about marriage and how they should be living their lives,” Price said.

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