Former House Speaker and potential presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this week pledged to uphold the federal ban on gay marriage known as the Defense of Marriage Act, to vigorously defend the Act in court, and also to support a federal marriage amendment to the U.S. constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
This Mr. Gingrich promised in a statement to the Iowa-based and highly conservative group The Family Leader, specifically regarding their agenda known as the “Marriage Pledge.”
According to The Family Leader press release the former speaker wrote:
As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military. I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman. I will support all efforts to reform promptly any uneconomic or anti-marriage aspects of welfare and tax policy.
Mr. Gingrich, now on his third marriage, also pledged fidelity to his wife, a detail likely to have been included due to his public acknowledgement of being unfaithful in two of his previous marriages. Perhaps to answer potential concerns this might raise, Gingrich noted:
I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.
The response also spells out that Gingrich is staunchly anti-abortion, that a Gingrich administration would “vigorously defend the First Amendment’s rights of religious liberty and freedom of speech against anyone who would try to stifle the free expression of believers,” and would guard against so-called activist judges who he views as encroaching on the liberty of U.S. citizens.
It is still unclear as to whether Gingrich has actually signed up to the Family Leader’s “The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family” pledge. If he has, he would join Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Governor Rick Perry, and former Senator Rick Santorum.
The Family Leader’s endorsement, should they choose to endorse any one candidate, is due next Monday.
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