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After coming under heavy fire from anti-gay groups for refusing to sign a National Organization for Marriage pledge, GOP hopeful Tim Pawlenty abruptly changed his mind. On Aug. 4, Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney all signed the five-step, anti-gay document. But Pawlenty turned it down, prompting NOM to send out an e-mail instructing supporters to pressure the former Minnesota governor. Pawlenty’s campaign quickly shifted gears on Aug. 5 and apologized to NOM, blaming the whole thing on a misunderstanding.