Perry signs Family Leader's controversial marriage vow
November 21st, 2011
04:41 PM ET
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Perry signs Family Leader's controversial marriage vow

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has signed the controversial marriage pledge from a social conservative group in Iowa, a spokeswoman said.

"I have received the signed copy," Julie Summa, Director of Marketing for The Family Leader said. Summa said the Texas governor's campaign submitted it electronically on Monday and the governor did not modify the document before signing it.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

According to the pledge's text, signers "solemnly vow to honor and cherish, to defend and uphold the institution of marriage as only between one man and one woman."

Signers also vow to: remain faithful to their spouses, oppose any "redefinition" of marriage, such as that between same-sex couples; and embrace a federal marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Language in the original document, put out in July, sparked some controversy.

Its preamble asserted that African-American children, who were born into slavery, were better off than today's black children. The group later removed that language.

GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed the original document, raising some eyebrows. Though the controversial language on black children was placed high in the preamble, it's not clear if Bachmann or Santorum saw it before signing. Both candidates later clarified their support of the pledge: Santorum saying he agreed with The Family Leader's decision to remove the language on slavery and Bachmann's campaign stressing the congresswoman believed that "slavery was horrible."

The Des Moines Register first reported Perry's signing the marriage vow.

This comes two days after the Texas governor attended the group's "Thanksgiving Family Forum" along with five other GOP presidential candidates.

The Family Leader is influential in Iowa, holding some sway over many social conservatives – a key voting block in the state. Summa said her group has not yet decided whether signing the document is an absolute must for a candidate to earn its support. But the spokeswoman added: "We would certainly want a candidate to sign the pledge, before we make an endorsement."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. NeedNewGov

    My God these people are idiots. Why is there so much friggin hate in the Republican party and these Religious Taliban?

    November 21, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. BobAD

    The GOP ≠ God’s Ordained Politicians.

    As for Bob VarDer Putz he is a true leader of the Christian Taliban.

    November 21, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    The more pledges they sign, the smaller their base gets.

    November 21, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Canuck

    I don't understand why America lets its politicians sign pledges to special interest groups – it seems very counter- productive to the common good. Anyone care to enlighten me??

    November 21, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The entire problem with the GOP, is not fiscal issues.........it is entirely with human rights related social issues.

    November 21, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    When will these guys learn that the only pledge they should sign is the one they make when they take office? I agree with "The Real Tom Paine". It just shrinks their support.

    November 21, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. SFC Mike

    Well, you just *know* that all the ills befalling America are God's punishment for following the Evil Sodomite Agenda(tm). Relly. It's true.

    November 21, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Yer toast, Ricky.

    November 21, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. SPLAT!~

    You have to be getting pretty desparate to sign onto that garbage. Vanderputz failed in his attempt to be Governor of Iowa and failed to get a majority of Republican candidates to sign his crappy pledge. Why would anyone want the backing of this loser?

    November 21, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. pmk1953

    Any candidate that signs a pledge other than the pledge of allegience or the oath of office should not be permitted to run for office. If one of these oddball pledges is signed said candidate should be charged with sedition and/or treason.

    November 21, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Raymond

    These candidates, the one's who signed this tripe, are ridiculous and irresponsible. I have never seen such politicians since LBJ and Bush be so totally out of touch with society.........I suppose that it doesn't really matter, however; these people will not get elected.

    November 21, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Ben Dover

    Republicans and "family Values". what a JOKE !

    November 21, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Just another attempt by the GOP to divide our nation and establish a theocracy. They are clueless when it comes to our country's founding principles and NONE of them belong in elected office.

    November 21, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. SecedingfromTexas

    Norquist pledge
    Marriage pledge
    How many stupid, unAmerican pledges have these toads signed?
    Christians, my foot. Judgemental, holier than thou, nincompoops for sure.
    Just stick a paper in front of Perry and he will sign it-as long as the check is signed.

    November 21, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Hawk

    I have been telling people that perry is crazy for years. he signed this pledge even tho he was caught in bed with another man.

    November 21, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. James McGill

    I wonder what's stopping them from making divorce unlawful in the state of Texas. Start there, then talk about other aspects of marriage.

    November 21, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    May God have mercy on this wretch.

    November 21, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Real Patriot

    Among other things...Rick forgot how to spell P-A-N-D-E-R

    November 21, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Why is it that the party that claims they want government out of their lives wants the government enforcing their religious beliefs? Whatever happened to that 'get government out of lives' rallying cry?

    Have you noticed how the liberals and conservatives differ on legislating moral issues? Conservatives are always pushing for legislation that restricts what you can do, while liberals are always pushing for legislation that unrestricts what you can do.

    November 21, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    Instead of signing pledges with people outside of government, how about signing something that makes something good happen for the people?

    November 21, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Vince

    Three reasons why Perry signed this pledge:

    1. He is desperate
    2. He's a bigot
    3. ???????

    Oooops, he forgot!

    November 21, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Ryan

    fortunately for Perry, being a religious bigot doesn't require intelligence...which he clearly lacks

    same can be said for the rest of the GOP retards

    November 21, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Rev. William H. Carey

    So Perry has vowed to maintain the status quo, disenfranchisement of a segment of the population. GOP's message to LGBT Americans: Pay the same taxes, but don't expect the same rights.

    As far as I'm concerned, anyone who signs that pledge isn't qualified to be the president, having deliberately turned his back on American citizens.

    November 21, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Brenda

    Our politicians take an oath of office to work for the country. If they sign another "pledge" that panders to a small base of people they should be removed from office. No wonder no one has any trust in this govt. We are going to take a back seat to the rest of the world as we fight these senseless battles at home. My grandson is in Afghanistan and I'm wondering "what for.".

    November 21, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. A disgusted former Republican

    What's with republicans and their pledges?

    November 21, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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