Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pledge Drive…Into the Ditch

You can add Mitt Romney to the list of Republicans who aren’t signing on to the FAMiLY LEADER’s bizarre pledge to preserve marriage and white bread in America.

Newt Gingrich, for obvious reasons, has a problem with it, too, seeing as how it demands marital fidelity. Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, was brutal in his refusal:

Johnson went on to state that “the so-called ‘Marriage Vow” pledge that FAMILY LEADER is asking Republican candidates for President to sign attacks minority segments of our population and attempts to prevent and eliminate personal freedom. This type of rhetoric is what gives Republicans a bad name.

“Government should not be involved in the bedrooms of consenting adults. I have always been a strong advocate of liberty and freedom from unnecessary government intervention into our lives. The freedoms that our forefathers fought for in this country are sacred and must be preserved. The Republican Party cannot be sidetracked into discussing these morally judgmental issues — such a discussion is simply wrongheaded. We need to maintain our position as the party of efficient government management and the watchdogs of the “public’s pocket book”.

“This ‘pledge’ is nothing short of a promise to discriminate against everyone who makes a personal choice that doesn’t fit into a particular definition of ‘virtue’.

Okay, so these FAMiLY folks have had their fifteen minutes.

HT to Balloon Juice.