Bil Browning

NOM Issues Anti-Gay Pledge for GOP Candidates

Filed By Bil Browning | August 05, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, Rick Santorum

Not to be outdone by their Iowan religious right nut job allies, NOM has put out its own anti-gay pledge Thumbnail image for gay hate sign at the Indianapolis NOM anti-gay marriage rallythey want Republican presidential candidates to sign. Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum both dived for their pens, fighting and scratching to be the first to sign on, and Mitt Romney has also flip-flopped his way to the finish.

Romney, Bachmann and Santorum signed on to support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage, to appoint federal judges who don't see a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and to back the Defense of Marriage Act.

They've also pledged to support a referendum on marriage in Washington and to establish a "presidential commission on religious liberty" aimed at protecting the rights of marriage foes to speak out.

AmericaBlogGay's Joe Sudbay has a great rundown of Romney's "I was pro-gay before I was anti-gay" history.

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Gay Politics Report, an email newsletter produced by the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute, says,

"The pledge, put forward by the National Organization for Marriage, also says signers promise to establish a presidential commission to investigate claims that marriage-equality opponents are being harassed or threatened."

Talk about a sense of self-importance!

Their accusations are clearly an attempt to limit the free speech rights of the LGBT community, for every time we counter their messages of historical falsehoods and unmitigated homophobic hatred, we are, supposedly, "harass[ing] or threaten[ing]" them.

And we are the ones that are demanding that we get "special rights"?

I look forward to the possibility that the next time Southern Poverty Law Center updates its list of anti-gay hate groups, NOM might be included -- they surely are skating right along the edge.