Family Leader Head Touts Pledge on Social Issues

Thursday, 07 Jul 2011 11:22 AM

By Dan Weil

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Republican presidential candidates are being asked to sign a lot of pledges -- from South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s “Cut, Cap and Balance” initiative to anti-tax guru Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” Now you can add another from influential Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats, The Hill reports.

social issues pledge iowaThat’s "The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family," which urges GOP presidential candidates to embrace conservative stances on social issues. Vander Plaats is CEO of The Family Leader group.

The pledge requires candidates to support the Defense of Marriage Act, which lets states refuse to recognize same-sex marriages. It also includes a promise to appoint strict constructionists as judges.

Vander Plaats, chairman of Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign in Iowa, says he won’t endorse a candidate who doesn’t sign his pledge.



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