GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has joined with Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in signing a National Organization for Marriage pledge to oppose federal marriage equality.
These presidential candidates “stand head and shoulders above the crowd as marriage champions, for their willingness to go beyond words to commit to concrete actions,” NOM president Brian Brown said in a statement.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney took a moderate position on LGBT issues and fostered a cooperative relationship with the state’s gay community. But since becoming a presidential candidate, he has shifted his position on a host of social issues further and further to the right.
The NOM pledge includes pledges to pursue five actions:
• Sending a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman to the states for ratification.
• Defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which includes the traditional definition of marriage and bans states from recognizing gay marriage, in court.
• Appointing federal judges and an attorney general who are opposed to a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
• Appointing a commission to investigate claims of harassment against those people who support marriage as being only between a man and a woman.
• Supporting legislation that would give people living in the District of Columbia the right to vote on marriage.
As of press time, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is also seeking the Republican presidential nomination, had declined to sign the NOM pledge.