Bachmann Signs Pledge for Ban on Porn and Same-Sex Marriage

ABC News' Russell Goldman ( @GoldmanRussell ) reports:

Michele Bachmann became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge, vowing to support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman, and which calls for a ban on all pornography.

“The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” sponsored by the Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative organization, equates same-sex marriage with bigamy and polygamy and calls on candidates to promise to be faithful to their spouses.

The two-page pledge includes a “Declaration of Dependence on Marriage and Family” that explains the deterioration of traditional marriage on “quickie divorce,” unmarried couples living together and inaccurate science that suggests homosexuality is a choice.

Candidates, like Bachmann who sign the pledge, vow “vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage…through statutory, bureaucratic, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex.”

They also recognize that “married people enjoy better health, better sex.”

Though Bachmann sponsored a Minnesota law defining marriage between a man and a woman, the positions she supports in the pledge contradict some of the statements she has made publicly regarding gay people and same-sex marriage.

Bachmann’s support of a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, conflicts with previous comments she has made, in which she has said she would not interfere with states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

“I do believe in the 10th Amendment and I do believe in self-determination for the states,” she said during a CNN debate in June. “I'm running for the presidency of the United States. And I don't see that it's the role of a president to go into states and interfere with their state laws.”

By signing the pledge she supports the idea that homosexuality is a choice, and that being gay is a health risk. Last month, however, she told CBS’ Bob Scheifer that she was “not running to be anyone’s judge.”

"You know, I firmly believe that people need to make their own decisions about that," she said when asked if being gay was a choice. "But I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone's judge. And that's where I'm coming from in this race."

The first two states to pick a Republican candidate for the White House, Iowa and New Hampshire, have both legalized same-sex marriage.

The pledge also ask candidates to promise to oppose the imposition of Sharia Islamic law.

Bachmann’s campaign did not respond to comment for this story.

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