http://www.thefloridanewsjournal.com/Three presidential candidates have signed on to the National Organization for Marriage, NOM, the whose stated platform is to appoint an Attorney General that opposes gay marriages, support efforts to block gay marriages and ban states from recognizing such marriages.

In signing the NOM agreement, they have pledged to five key points:

  • Sending a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman to the states for ratification.
  • Defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which includes the traditional definition of marriage and bans states from recognizing gay marriage, in court.
  • Appointing federal judges and an attorney general who are opposed to a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
  • Appointing a commission to investigate claims of harassment against those people who support marriage as being only between a man and a woman.
  • Supporting legislation that would give people living in the District of Columbia the right to vote on marriage.

Previously Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum had signed a controversial agreement with the Family Leader Pledge which also included a statement that said black kids were better off under slavery because they had a better family.

Each candidate said they are ahead of other Republican candidates because they go beyond words and are willing to put the issue into action, and that signing the NOM agreement was the first step.  Traditionally during the primary season, candidates are forced to cater to their base which is usually at the extreme ends of their political spectrum; once a candidate achieves party nomination and goes on to the general election, they often change or soften political extreme stances, regardless of topic because they have to win votes from opposing party supporters.

Gay rights advocates oppose NOM and this agreement as treating gays and lesbians like second-class citizens that are deprived of rights that others are given. Some political analysts say this is more of a publicity stunt aimed at the GOP conservative base than motivated by the candidates own personal opinions.

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