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Published: Tuesday, July 12 2011 7:36 p.m. MDT

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'...signed the The Family Leader's 14-point pledge, which calls on the candidates to denounce same-sex marriage rights, pornography, same-sex military accommodations and forms of Islamic law.' - Article

(Sarcasm)
Because homosexuals who serve in it's US military...

ALWAYS follow Islamic law.

Sarcasm off.

Despite what others have said:

*'Gays greatest threat to America, Buttars says' - By Aaron Falk - DSnews - 02/19/09

Huntsman and Romney truly are the best Republican canidates I have seen in quite some time.

And while they are a fantastic example of people who adhere to the will of the PEOPLE...

instead of party politics...

Obama has done more than any other president for LGBT rights.

*'Pentagon study dismisses risk of openly gay troops' - By Anne Flaherty - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/30/10

While Obama gets my vote...

this small gesture from Romney reminds me that there are good in the other side as well.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Mitt, say "bye, bye" to any tea party and ultra right Republican votes.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Say good bye to the nomination Mr. Romney's true ultra libral roots finally show themselves. Enought that the ultra-left commenter hereon offer their support.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

He should not have signed the no tax pledge. Who knows what will happen in the next few years?

nyca411
Menlo Park, CA

Why should this Family Leader group determine who the GOP's nominee is? Who gave the Family Leader group the authority to say that anyone who doesn't sign this "no gay marriage" pledge (which contains many more provisions beyond gay marriage) is therefore IN FAVOR OF gay marriage? This is not a cause-and-effect document. I hate these pledges that arise at every presidential campaign, forcing candidates to "sign them or else." Isn't that called BLACKMAIL? Mitt Romney does not support gay marriage, period.

MAYHEM MIKE
Salt Lake City, UT

I, too, support traditional marriage only between a man and a woman, but applaud Mitt's refusal to adhere to The Family Leader's pledge (or any other pledge by those who are not running or who are not our elected officials). I agree completely with nyca411, above. Who made this group the "leader?" They do not speak for me, although I consider myself a conservative Republican. I fear any candidate who absolutely pledges to follow a certain course of action, thus ruling out the flexibility required to make hard decisions as changing times demand. Most important, I support candidates who pledge to leave it to the individual states--not the federal government or the president-- to decide moral issues.

Laser
Iowa City, IA

Good for him. Romney is a strong, rock solid, supporter of traditional marriage. But there needs to be fine line drawn between same sex marriage and dignified treatment of an individual no matter what they do in their personal life.

If you placed a document that said will you support that marriage is between a man and a women, he would sign it in a heartbeat.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I agree Mahem and nyca, there are too many other provisions in this pledge that tie up their hands. I think he is making the right decision here. Although Pagan's semi endorsement of Romney doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy about supporting Romney.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

Romney rejected because he is a liberal.

He is the creator of obamacare by first introducing it in MA.

Now gay marriage.

This guy may be fiscally more conservative but he certainly is not a true conservative.

He is a political chamelon who will do anything to get elected. That is the problem. They all sell-out to get elected.

After this happens with every candidate we get, how do we expect anything but the perpetual failure of administration after adminstration.

More of the same coming up regardless of who gets elected.

How depressing.

The choice is bad and then worse.

TexasMom
Flower Mound, TX

I think these "pledges" are wrong the way they are. First of all, who made them the litmus test be being a viable candidate? Second, if someone agrees in general with the pledge but has a problem with one part or the wording or something like that then it gets blown out of proportion and they get labeled as being opposed to even the general idea of it. That is dishonest.

I went to Austin to fight for the Defense of Marriage Act in Texas several years ago but I wouldn't have signed that pledge either. I'm getting really tired of all he strong armed tactic so prevelent in politics today. If there isn't even room for compromise between people who are "on the same side" (either side) then what hope is there for the nation as a whole??

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

This is the first smart thing Romney's done. Romney isn't going to need Iowa to win the nomination. But he's still getting trumped by Obama.

gnightjohnboy
PROVO, UT

"We are standing firm that the 14 points of the marriage vow are right on target and we are creating higher standards for the presidential candidates," said Julie Summa, director of marketing and public outreach for The Family Leader. "We are not backing away from that at all."

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Romney's refusal to sign this stupid family leader pledge is finally something I can agree with him on. People running for the office of president should be subject to one pledge only, and that's the oath of office they take after winning. Anything else beforehand or after is trying to supplant the constitution.

B
Logan, UT

@junkgeek

He's getting trumped by Obama? Did I read that right? In what possible way?? I don't think ANYONE is getting trumped by Obama right now.

I am generally in favor of what the Tea Party is doing and I don't know that this 'pledge' is necessarily a Tea Party centerpiece. Either way, it's a stupid and divisive pledge. Smart move by Romney.

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

Allow Mitt to explain himself.

mecr
Bountiful, UT

One thing is believing marriage is between man and woman, and another one is what those tea partiers are trying to do: instill hate among citizens. I am glad Mitt didn't play their game. He has my vote.

Main Street Plaza
Salt Lake City, UT

Good for Romney. The GOP needs more candidates brave enough to stand up to those Christians who've confused our politics with sunday school. Iowa is going to become irrelevant to the GOP nomination process because of these dunderheaded litmus tests.

SL
Rexburg, ID

If he gets the nomination, this sort of thing (rejecting extremeists)will go very well with moderates and independents like myself. It will also help him in New Hampshire. The absolutism of the far right is getting scary.

St Gorgeous
SLC, UTAH

Good on you Mitt, you made the right decision.

Lux et Veritas
Draper, UT

Romney's decision not to sign the ridiculous "pledge" is indicative of his standing as a legitimate candidate who is can actually beat President Obama.

It's time for the GOP to stop catering to the loud, radical fringe of the party and get back to what really matters (and what voters actually care about) - fiscal restraint and economic growth.

Those who did sign the pledge will be long forgotten come November 2012.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

Who cares. I just want to know that the next president will pledge to not be a warmonger and get us out of immoral and unsustainable wars. I want to know that the next president will stop the insane spending of taxpayer money, of borrowing and of printing us into slavery. Who ever is willing to do this has my vote.

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