Rick Perry signs Family Leader’s marriage pledge
A few days after appearing at a Family Leader forum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest GOP presidential candidate to sign the group’s controversial marriage pledge.
The pledge advocates several issues, including the Defense of Marriage Act, personal fidelity to the signee’s spouse, appointment of “faithful constitutionalists” as judges, and reformation of anti-marriage elements in divorce, tax and welfare laws.
Family Leader head Bob Vander Plaats has said signing the pledge will be a prerequisite for the group’s endorsement, one coveted among candidates seeking to nab the evangelical vote.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have both signed the vow. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has indicated he would sign it if he could make a few modifications.
Family Leader spokeswoman Julie Summa said that while Perry has signed the pledge, it still needs to be shipped to the group. She’s unaware if Perry has made any modifications.
Perry’s signing is the candidate’s latest bid to land well with Iowa’s social conservatives amid the candidate’s single digit poll numbers.