Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pawlenty Refuses To Sign "Marriage Vow" Pledge - Kinda

Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnessota, has refused to sign The Family Leaders "Marriage Vow Pledge". Yet he refuses in a rather bizarre fashion. Instead of an outright denouncement of the pledge that candidates such as Mitt Romney and Greg Johnson have provided, Pawlenty declines to sign the pledge because he "prefers to choose his own words" rather than be tied to the words of others. His full statement, as provided by Politico, reads, 

"Mary and I have been married for almost 24 years and have been blessed with two wonderful daughters. In all we do, we remain committed to our core values that are set out in scripture. We are saved by grace. As Christians we are to speak the truth, but to do so with love.
"Voters have a right to know about their leaders' faith and values, and how those beliefs may shape their decisions. To that end, today my campaign released a new video in which both Mary and I speak directly and openly about our faith. I fully support traditional marriage. Unequivocally. The traditional family faces enormous challenges in America, and if elected I would vigorously oppose any effort to redefine marriage as anything other than between one man and one woman.
"I deeply respect, and share, Bob Vander Platts' commitment to promoting the sanctity of marriage, a culture of life, and the core principles of the Family Leader’s Marriage Vow Pledge. However, rather than sign onto the words chosen by others, I prefer to choose my own words, especially seeking to show compassion to those who are in broken families through no fault of their own.
"I respectfully decline to sign the pledge."
Hmm...I wonder what he means in regards to those who are in "broken families". Does he classify families that are headed by same-sex couples as "broken"? He also states that he believes in the "core principles" of the pledge, such as federal government intervention in things such as marriage laws and pornography etc - quite "Republican" of him.

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