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Romney, Bachmann, Santorum sign NOM’s marriage pledge

The National Organization for Marriage announced on Thursday that GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have signed the group’s pledge to oppose marriage for same-sex couples at the federal level. The pledge includes support for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The New Jersey-based NOM, which opposes marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples, announced the pledge as it gears up for a 22-city Values Voters Bus Tour of Iowa. The tour is expected to include Santorum, as well as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who has yet to sign the pledge.

“Marriage is an issue with an unbroken string of victories that unites Republicans, and we’re pleased and honored the leading candidates in the race for the GOP nomination have spoken up for marriage,” said NOM President Brian Brown. “We expect the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina will continue to reward candidates who champion marriage.”

The pledge asked candidates to support five of the group’s goals: Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, defend DOMA in court, appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution, appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters, and support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.

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