Conservatives remove slavery reference from 'marriage vow' signed by Bachmann

Thu. July 14, 2011 6:58 PM by News Staff

A conservative Christian organization has removed controversial language about slavery from a pledge signed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) to uphold traditional marriage by banning gay marriage on the federal level.

The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" originally included language in its preamble that implied that black children had better family conditions during slavery than today.

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American president," read the original version of the "Marriage Vow" before the Iowa-based group amended the language.

Last week, Bachmann and Rick Santorum rushed to sign the early version of the pledge, with the offensive slavery reference.

Whoopi Goldberg lashed out Thursday at the Republican presidential candidates during ABC's The View.

"Could you people get your act together?" Goldberg said. "You don't know anything about how slaves raised their kids or why people were together. Just don't add stuff like that if you don't know what you're talking about."

Conservative host Elizabeth Hasselbeck said Bachmann's decision to sign the pledge "may put the nail in the coffin" of her candidacy.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would not sign the pledge.

Bachmann and her husband Dr. Marcus Bachmann remain under fire following reports that they run a Christian counseling clinic in Minnesota that engages in "ex-gay" therapy, the controversial and discredited clinical method designed to "cure" gay people, while receiving state- and federal-funding.