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Michele Bachmann Signs The Family Leader Marriage Vow

What Exactly Is Included in the Conservative "Marriage Vow"?


Iowa organization The Family Leader has written up a two-page marriage vow it hopes politicians will say "I do" to. Aiming to save the ever-embattled "sanctity of marriage," the group wants politicians to promise to promote marriage between one man and one woman because it "protects innocent children, vulnerable women, the rights of fathers, the stability of families, and the liberties of all American citizens." This week Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann became the first to sign.

Let's take a look at the most outrageous lines in the pledge, including a suggestion that African-Americans were better off under slavery.

  • Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.
  • Social protections, especially for women and children, have been evaporating as we have collectively "debased the currency" of marriage. This debasement continues as a function of adultery; "quickie divorce;" physical and verbal spousal abuse; non-committal co-habitation; pervasive infidelity and "unwed cheating" among celebrities, sports figures and politicians; anti-scientific bias which holds, in complete absence of empirical proof, that non-heterosexual inclinations are genetically determined, irresistible and akin to innate traits like race, gender and eye color; as well as anti-scientific bias which holds, against all empirical evidence, that homosexual behavior in particular, and sexual promiscuity in general, optimizes individual or public health.

The pledge then outlines numerous bullets a candidate vows to personally uphold. Read some of them below.

  • Personal fidelity to my spouse.
  • Vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage — faithful monogamy between one man and one woman — through statutory-, bureaucratic-, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex, etc.
  • Steadfast embrace of a federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in all of the United States.
  • Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy — our next generation of American children — from human trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence.
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stephley stephley 4 years
From the pledge: “Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy — our next generation of American children — from human trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence.” From comment #7 “stephley, conservatives believe that all children should be born as th product of a loving, commited marriage between two people - not any time someone feels like having sex.” So clearly, conservatives believe that the only children worth pledging Humane Protection from “trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence” are the children born of conjugal intimacy. That’s not spin, that’s what the pledge says, “Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy” .
stephley stephley 4 years
I can't imagine being impressed with a candidate who signs any pledge: we don't need more politicians locked into positions.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years
Stpeh I love how it says, "wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect." I'm assuming by valued colleagues, what they mean is us on the internet. Wasn't there just another one of these pledges a week ago, something about defunding any hospital that performs even rape/incest abortions? This is so juvenile! My friends and I made pacts like this in grade school... and then we grew up.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years
Stpeh I love how it says, "wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect." I'm assuming by valued colleagues, what they mean is us on the internet.Wasn't there just another one of these pledges a week ago, something about defunding any hospital that performs even rape/incest abortions? This is so juvenile! My friends and I made pacts like this in grade school... and then we grew up.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 4 years
What I find interesting is that so many of these people shake their head about the loss of the sanctity of marriage, but the fact is, people cheated and disrespected their marriage vows during the 50's as well, it's just that women had no choice but to stay and put up with bad behavior because they were financially dependent on men and divorce had a huge social stigma. More divorces today than in the past doesn't translate to happier marriages back then....unhappily married women were just stuck in a prison with no choices.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 4 years
What I find interesting is that so many of these people shake their head about the loss of the sanctity of marriage, but the fact is, people cheated and disrespected their marriage vows during the 50's as well, it's just that women had no choice but to stay and put up with bad behavior because they were financially dependent on men and divorce had a huge social stigma. More divorces today than in the past doesn't translate to happier marriages back then....unhappily married women were just stuck in a prison with no choices.
stephley stephley 4 years
The group has taken out the slavery language: “After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man,” the group’s officials said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.” But Bachmann & Santorum signed BEFORE, didn't raise any questions about it.
stephley stephley 4 years
The group has taken out the slavery language: “After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man,” the group’s officials said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.”But Bachmann & Santorum signed BEFORE, didn't raise any questions about it.
lizlee89 lizlee89 4 years
wow, you people really don't know anything about vocabulary, the Constitution, or conservatism. first of, for this blog to write that this pledge includes a "suggestion that African-Americans were better off under slavery" is not only incorrect and duplicitous, but irresponsible. it does not say that - what it addresses is that, ironically, African-American children under slavery were more likely to have two committed parents raising them compared to today. unfortunately, while African-Americans have been granted their God-given freedoms, they have also been brainwashed into being irresponsible about raising families. while this may be a generalization (that could also be applied to every other race in one form or another), the organization who wrote this pledge is blaming the state of African-American families not on the race, but on others who have corrupted a race who should be like any other. second of all, while I am personally not anti-gay marriage, it is the personal right of anyone to decide for themselves what they believe. furthermore, contrary to what the ignorant tigr3bianca believes, this is not being applied to any legal document, including the Constitution. to do so would require a law to be passed. you might want to take a government class. lastly, stephley, conservatives believe that all children should be born as th product of a loving, commited marriage between two people - not any time someone feels like having sex. they do not ignore the fact that it happens in many different ways, but obviously they know that having such a foundation will contribute to a more stable life for children. however, you all have obviously been brainwashed into believing that conservatives who are anti-sex trafficking, anti-pornography, anti-teen pregnancy, and anti-promiscuity are the bad guys. that makes sense (please note my heavy sarcasm)...
lizlee89 lizlee89 4 years
wow, you people really don't know anything about vocabulary, the Constitution, or conservatism.first of, for this blog to write that this pledge includes a "suggestion that African-Americans were better off under slavery" is not only incorrect and duplicitous, but irresponsible. it does not say that - what it addresses is that, ironically, African-American children under slavery were more likely to have two committed parents raising them compared to today. unfortunately, while African-Americans have been granted their God-given freedoms, they have also been brainwashed into being irresponsible about raising families. while this may be a generalization (that could also be applied to every other race in one form or another), the organization who wrote this pledge is blaming the state of African-American families not on the race, but on others who have corrupted a race who should be like any other.second of all, while I am personally not anti-gay marriage, it is the personal right of anyone to decide for themselves what they believe. furthermore, contrary to what the ignorant tigr3bianca believes, this is not being applied to any legal document, including the Constitution. to do so would require a law to be passed. you might want to take a government class.lastly, stephley, conservatives believe that all children should be born as th product of a loving, commited marriage between two people - not any time someone feels like having sex. they do not ignore the fact that it happens in many different ways, but obviously they know that having such a foundation will contribute to a more stable life for children.however, you all have obviously been brainwashed into believing that conservatives who are anti-sex trafficking, anti-pornography, anti-teen pregnancy, and anti-promiscuity are the bad guys. that makes sense (please note my heavy sarcasm)...
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Thank god not too many people can sign it, because everybody's divorced nowadays :)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Thank god not too many people can sign it, because everybody's divorced nowadays :)
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 4 years
I am appalled. It's one thing to follow your own beliefs but to force them on others with amendments to the Constitution is tyranny.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 4 years
This is seriously sick on so many levels.
stephley stephley 4 years
“I once knew a little colored boy whose mother and father died when he was but six years old. He was a slave and had no one to care for him. He slept on a dirt floor in a hovel, and in cold weather would crawl into a meal bag head foremost and leave his feet in the ashes to keep them warm… That boy did not wear pants like you and I do, but a tow linen shirt. “ Frederick Douglass, describing his childhood. Douglass' mother was a slave, his father was thought to have been his mother's owner.
stephley stephley 4 years
“I once knew a little colored boy whose mother and father died when he was but six years old. He was a slave and had no one to care for him. He slept on a dirt floor in a hovel, and in cold weather would crawl into a meal bag head foremost and leave his feet in the ashes to keep them warm… That boy did not wear pants like you and I do, but a tow linen shirt. “Frederick Douglass, describing his childhood. Douglass' mother was a slave, his father was thought to have been his mother's owner.
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 4 years
Good point, Stephley. The whole thing gives me the creeps.
stephley stephley 4 years
Can't wait to hear Michele Bachmann try to distance herself from this on the campaign trail. Why the innocent fruit of 'conjugal' intimacy - does that mean it's open season on kids born to unmarried parents? Does protecting children from 'stolen innocence' mean no more violent games or kiddie beauty parents?
stephley stephley 4 years
Can't wait to hear Michele Bachmann try to distance herself from this on the campaign trail. Why the innocent fruit of 'conjugal' intimacy - does that mean it's open season on kids born to unmarried parents? Does protecting children from 'stolen innocence' mean no more violent games or kiddie beauty parents?
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