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Romney rejects gay marriage pledge

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign said he will not sign a conservative Iowa Christian group’s pledge opposing gay marriage. He joins opponent and Utahn Jon Huntsman in opposition to the pledge.

Republican candidates Michele Bachmann and former Rick Santorum signed the The Family Leader’s 14-point pledge, which denounces gay marriage, pornography, same-sex military accommodations and Islamic law.

When the pledge was first released it said that African-American children were more likely to be born in a two-parent home during slavery than they are now. That language was later removed, but the draft is still extremely conservative.

A spokesperson for the Romney campaign told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Romney “strongly supports traditional marriage,” but that the oath “contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.”

The Republican hopefuls are courting conservatives in Iowa, where the nation’s first caucuses will be held. Bachmann recently launched a series of commercials illustrating her staunch conservative credentials to Iowa the viewership. However, Romney seems to be focusing much less on Iowa, where he spent more than $10 million in 2008, only to finish second in the primary. Huntsman is also not focusing his time or money on Iowa, citing his opposition to farm subsidies in the past. However, he too came under conservative criticism because he has said he supports civil unions for same-sex couples.

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