Four GOP presidential candidates have signed a pledge agreeing to support a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
The National Organization for Marriage,
in a news release, said retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum all agreed to work toward passage of a marriage amendment, as well as press for the overturn of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriages legal throughout the country.
They also agreed to push for a Department of Justice probe into any instances where marriage activists have been "harassed or threatened."
"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," said the group's president, Brian Brown.
The Independent Journal Review reports
its own analysis of the presidential candidates' positions in early July found that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supports an amendment to let states define marriage — and that Carson had said he wouldn't push for an amendment to ban gay marriages.
NOM says it'll use pledge responses to determine who it'll support in the Republican primary.
According to a Gallup poll,
when the federal government first instituted the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, two in three adults thought same-sex marriage should not be valid. This past May, 60 percent of Americans responded that same-sex marriage should be legal nationwide.
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