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Romney signs pledge opposing gay rights

Presidential hopeful, and Utah favorite, Mitt Romney signed the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge to stop gay marriage by whatever means possible. By signing the pledge, he promises to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, support a federal marriage amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, appoint only judges who would support the same principles and overturn gay marriages in Washington, D.C. Other presidential hopefuls that signed the pledge include Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.

Also by signing the pledge, Romney promises to establish a religious commission that is designed to investigate threats against people who oppose marriage equality. Romney’s position is a reversal of his previous stance on gay rights, and in 1994 he sent a letter to a gay Republican group in which he promised to be a defender of civil rights for all and be more of an ally than Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern,” wrote Romney.

The president of NOM, Brain Brown, applauded the three candidates who signed the pledge.

“We are grateful to Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for their courage and their leadership in standing up for marriage, and so are millions of Americans who care about protecting marriage,” he told CBS News.

When signing the pledge, the candidates promise the following:

Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman; Defend DOMA in court; Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution; Appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters; Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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