Rep. Michele Bachmann signs anti-gay 'Marriage Vow'
Washington, D.C. —
Rep. Michele Bachmann rushed this week to be the first Republican presidential candidate to sign a vow pledging to ban gay marriage on a federal level.
The so-called "Marriage Vow," created by the conservative Christian group "The Family Leader,"
is a 14-point pledge covering everything from gay marriage to Sharia law to the deficit.
The pledge attacks gay marriage in four spots: "vigorous opposition to any redefiniton of the Institution of Marriage"; "earnest, bona fide legal advocacy for the Defense of Marriage Act"; "steadfast embrace of a federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman"; and "fierce defense... against the intolerance of any who would undermine law-abiding American citizens and instituions of faith and conscience for their adherence to, and defense of, faithful heterosexual monogamy."
Bachmann signed the pledge Thursday.
The portion about a federal amendment banning gay marriage contradicts an earlier Bachmann statement
about same-sex marriage being a state issue.
Some people have questioned whether Bachmann's husband, Christian counselor Dr. Marcus Bachmann,
might be a closeted gay man. Bachmann is an advocate of "ex-gay" concepts and has called gays and lesbians "barbarians."
Rep. Bachmann has long been a foe of marriage equality. In 2004, as her home state of Minnesota was debating same-sex marriage, she sent a flier to constituents urging them to raise their voices against equality.
In the flier she compared her warnings about same-sex marriage to that of Orville Ethier, the seaman who tried to alert the U.S. of Japan's attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Bachmann warned that there is a need to "avert an equally impending disaster" known as same-sex marriage.