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November 21st, 2011

Perry Signs Family Leader’s Controversial Pledge

Hoping to garner an endorsement from Bob Vander Plaats and his Family Leader organization, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry decided to sign the group’s controversial “Marriage Vow” pledge. Perry is only the third candidate to sign the pledge, which is a prerequisite for The Family Leader’s support.

Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum quickly took the oath when it was unveiled in early July. However, controversy with some of the wording in the document quickly arose. The preamble to the vow seemed to indicate that children born into slavery were better off than they are today. The backlash was fierce, eventually forcing The Family Leader to retract that language from the document.

Here is the line that has since been retracted:

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 is an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.

Despite the retraction, Bachmann and Santorum remained the only candidates to take the oath until now. Perry did not become a candidate until a month after the oath was unveiled. The vow is made up of 14 separate promises, which include fidelity to your spouse, advocacy for the Defense of Marriage Act, embracing a federal marriage amendment, and rejecting Sharia Islam.

Despite the controversy that surrounded the pledge, Vander Plaats’ endorsement remains highly coveted. Rick Perry was one of six presidential candidates to take part in The Family Leader’s forum on Saturday. By most accounts, Perry did very well in the event, coming across as very personable and displaying a Christian worldview.

The Family Leader organization is holding an internal meeting today and endorsing a presidential candidate is one of the topics that will be discussed. Perry, Bachmann and Santorum are all struggling in the polls and the support of Bob Vander Plaats and his organization could greatly boost their chances in the Iowa Caucus.

TheIowaRepublican is awaiting comment from Rick Perry’s campaign regarding the decision to sign the the “Marriage Vow” pledge.

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Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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