August 5th, 2011
She also has designs on Perry. National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher appeared on CBN to discuss NOM’s marriage pledge which has already been signed by Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The wide-ranging pledge (CBN’s interviewer strangely called it “narrowly-written”) calls on GOP presidential candidates to:
Gallagher expects Texas gov. Rick Perry to sign the pledge one he officially announces his candidacy. But one major holdout, Minnesota gov. Tim Pawlenty, has Gallagher pleading for his support:
Well we will certainly offer the opportunity to Governor Rick Perry and any other major candidates who step into the race. We understand that before you’re declared candidate it would probably not be appropriate to start signing pledges. The big question is what’s going to happen with Governor Tim Pawlenty, who explicitly declined to sign NOM’s marriage pledge this week. We’re hoping the governor changes his mind because we think it’s pretty peculiar for governor Pawlenty, who has been a champion for marriage in Minnesota, to refuse to do the same for the people of America.
Gallagher is counting on victories in passing anti-marriage amendments in Minnesota and North Carolina, and expects a rollback on marriage in New Hampshire in January.
Announcer: Three GOP presidential candidates say they will support a narrowly-written pledge against gay marriage. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum all have agreed to a statement created by the National Organization for Marriage. It supports a Federal Marriage Amendment, defends the federal Defense of Marriage Act known as DOMA, and supports the appointment of federal judges who oppose a constitutional right to gay marriage. Romney declined to support a more broadly-written pledge against gay marriage. It was created by The Family Leader, a conservative Iowa organization. And here now to talk about the pledge is Maggie Gallagher from the National Organization for Marriage. Thanks for being with us, Maggie.
Gallagher: A pleasure. Thank you.
Announcer: Now, why do you feel it so important to get the candidates to sign the pledge?
Gallagher: well, three marriage champions have emerged. There are a lot of good candidates in this race and there may be more soon, but these are candidates willing to go beyond saying they support one-man-one-woman marriage, which even President Obama claims he supports, and commit to some concrete actions to protect marriage if they are leader of the free world and President of the United States. But we were very pleased that the two leaders in the polls, Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney, both agree to take a stand for marriage. And Rick Santorum, God bless him, has always been a champion for marriage.
Announcer: Yes, he has. Now Bachmann, Romney and Santorum have agreed to sign the pledge. Do you expect other candidates to come on board as well?
Gallagher: Well we will certainly offer the opportunity to Governor Rick Perry and any other major candidates who step into the race. We understand that before you’re declared candidate it would probably not be appropriate to start signing pledges. The big question is what’s going to happen with Governor Tim Pawlenty, who explicitly declined to sign NOM’s marriage pledge this week. We’re hoping the governor changes his mind because we think it’s pretty peculiar for governor Pawlenty, who has been a champion for marriage in Minnesota, to refuse to do the same for the people of America.
Announcer: Yeah, interesting. Now supporters of traditional marriage have lost some key battles over same-sex marriage in New York. Do you think the 2012 election will reverse that trend?
Gallagher: Well we win a lot of victories, too. That was a big loss and we are working with people on the ground in New York. We sponsored four rallies across New York. We don’t think the fight is over in New York and we think we’re going to be able to demonstrate that it was a really big mistake for the Republican Party to help pass gay marriage in New York. So the 2012 campaign, what’s the good news is, the major candidates at this point who are announced have all agreed that marriage is an important issue and they need to stand strong for it. So yeah, we do think the campaign will be helpful. We think winning in Minnesota will be helpful, we think there will be a vote on gay marriage in New Hampshire in January. We’re hopeful about North Carolina and some other states. And so this is an ongoing battle, by no means over. And the media only reports the failures. They’re not reporting that time and time again, even in deep blue states like Rhode Island and Maryland, we’ve been able to win great victories for marriage.
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