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Mitt Romney’s Campaign Spokesperson: Marriage Pledge Is ‘Undignified And Inappropriate’

Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum may have found signing Iowa-based political group The Family Leader’s “Marriage Pledge” to be a necessary step in protecting and upholding that institution, but fellow Republican Mitt Romney could not agree less.

Romney refused to sign the pledge and, yesterday, a spokesperson for his campaign announced that while Romney strongly supports “traditional marriage,” he felt the pledge “contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.” Those who sign the pledge are asked not only to remain faithful to his or her spouse, but to also vow that they will pass legislation making “quickie divorces” more difficult to obtain, oppose same-sex marriage and polygamy, support legislation protecting troops from sexual harassment, emphasize reproduction, reject Sharia Islam, as well as protect against pornography, human sex trafficking, sexual slavery and prostitution, among other things. (This post offers a complete rundown of the vows contained within the pledge, for those interested.)

You may also recall that on Monday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews dragged Romney into debates surrounding the pledge by opining that the document’s constant reference to marriage as being between “one man and one woman” was a direct shot at Romney and his religion, Mormonism

h/t Talking Points Memo

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