August 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Republican presidential candidates sign NOM marriage pledge

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) is among the four Republican presidential candidates who signed a National Organization for Marriage pledge against nuptials for gays and lesbians. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Four Republican presidential candidates have pledged to work to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country if they are elected president.

The National Organization for Marriage on Tuesday announced that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and neurosurgeon Ben Carson pledged to “oppose and work to overturn any Supreme Court decision that illegitimately finds a constitutional ‘right’ to the redefinition of marriage.”

The candidates pledged to support efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman and “conduct a review of regulatory, administrative and executive actions taken by the current administration that have the effect of undermining marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” They also vowed to support measures that recognize “the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman without fear of retaliation from the government.”

The pledge also calls upon presidential candidates to direct the Justice Department “to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed.”

“Electing a president in 2016 who is a true champion on marriage is a critical priority,” said NOM President Brian Brown in a statement. “While many of the GOP candidates talk the talk about supporting marriage, these four candidates have distinguished themselves as true champions, having pledged to the American people to take very specific actions to advance the cause of marriage.”

Brandon Lorenz, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, dismissed the NOM pledge.

“This says a lot more about the relevance of NOM than the true positions of the candidates, who have all made clear they do not support marriage equality,” said Lorenz.

Brown said NOM has asked the other presidential candidates to sign their pledge.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee earlier this year said he will “stand for the institution of marriage and vigorously oppose any redefinition.” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supports defining marriage in the U.S. Constitution as between a man and a woman.

On the Democratic side; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) all back marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

3 Comments
  • to me this is similar to all the noise about Obamacare………gay marriage is not going anywhere and as usual, a total waste of time, money, energy……….and, keep in mind NOM has 6 donors, so all this talk is hot air bravado that is going NO WHERE!

    • Perhaps, but it shows the social conservative resolve to refuse to accept reality the same as they did with Roe V. Wade which was decided in 1973. The folly is to take anything for granted. Rights must be defended because there is always someone trying to undermine them or take them away. How many laws have been passed on the state level to undermine abortion rights? Didn’t the Voting Rights Act get watered down?

      We still have Religious Freedom Act legislation to fight. We still have people refusing to do their jobs and grant marriage licenses with apparently no consequences.

      We have one major party that continues to oppose marriage equality and refuses to endorse equal rights for GLBT Americans in general. To assume Democrats will always win all elections forever is foolish.

      We have to worry about the delicate balance on the US Supreme Court. Remember that we won marriage equality through a narrow majority on the court and very strong dissenters.

      We haven’t eradicated homophobia yet. Like racism it’s still out there and that likely isn’t going away anytime soon.

  • Thank goodness I don’t see Rand Paul’s name on this list of pledgers.

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