Romney joins Bachmann and Santorum, signs NOM’s hate the gays pledge

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In case anyone had any doubts, Mitt Romney is planning a campaign rife with gay-bashing:

Romney, Bachmann, and Santorum signed on to supporting a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage, to appoint federal judges who don’t see a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and to back the Defense of Marriage Act.

They’ve also pledged to support offering a referendum on marriage in the District of Columbia, and to establish a “presidential commission on religious liberty” aimed at protecting the rights of marriage foes to speak out.

The pledge is less meaningful for its direct consequences than for the fact that it commits the three candidates fully to the hottest front in the culture wars.

Romney put himself on the same side as NOM, Bachmann and Santorum. Can’t get much more homophobic than that.

This puts Romney on the wrong side of public opinion — and history.


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