Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich has pledged “personal fidelity” to his spouse and “respect for the marital bonds of others.”
Gingrich made the pledge in a written communication on Monday to the Iowa social conservative group, The Family Leader, which has requested that GOP candidates sign it as a requirement for endorsement in the presidential race.
Rep. Michele Bachmann was the first GOP potential candidate to sign “The Marriage Vow,” a 14-point pledge that also has been signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
Organization President Bob Vander Plaats said he is pleased with Gingrich’s participation in the pledge and is “thankful” to have the candidate’s statements on record concerning a wide range of conservative issues, including support of a federal marriage amendment, opposition to abortion, and support for religious liberty.
“I appreciate the opportunity to affirm my strong support of the mission of The Family Leader by solemnly vowing to defend and strengthen the family,” the former speaker writes in his response.
Gingrich was asked during a Dec. 10 debate in Iowa about his three marriages, including his present marriage to Callista, with whom he had an extramarital affair while still wed to his second wife.
The candidate said his personal life should be viewed in its entirety, a position he’s taken in interviews with evangelical radio talk show hosts and others for the past year as he laid the groundwork for his candidacy.
The Family Leader champions the principle that God is the ultimate leader of the family. “Our goal at The Family Leader is to honor and glorify God — not a political party, not a candidate and not a program,” states the organization’s website.
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