Bachmann Pledge Author: ‘We’d Like To Have A Ban On Pornography’

Michele Bachmann with THE FAMiLY LEADER head Bob Vander Plaats

The head of THE FAMiLY LEADER, the group that produced the “Marriage Vow” pledge signed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), confirmed Monday that the group would “like to have a ban on pornography.” Bob Vander Plaats made the statement to Salon’s Justin Elliott, while maintaining that the group’s recent pledge did not require such a ban.

On release of the pledge, ThinkProgress, the Washington Post, ABC News, Slate, and others interpreted the text of pledge to require a pornography ban.

On Monday, Vander Plaats told Salon that the pledge is limited to “forcing women into pornography.” The text of the pledge, however, states that women need to be protected from abortion, prostitution, and “all forms of pornography.”

Further, upon release of the pledge, Vander Plaats was asked about the pornography section and stated that it would require the appointment of an attorney general who prosecuted “illegal pornography” more aggressively than former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Ashcroft Justice Department launched an unprecedent war on porn, “spending millions of dollars to bring anti-obscentity cases to courthouses across the country.” A lead Justice Department prosecutor under Ashcroft, Bruce Taylor, stated, “just about everything on the Internet and almost everything in the video stores and everything in the adult bookstores is still prosecutable illegal obscenity.”

The FAMiLY LEADER has already altered their original pledge to remove a controversial passage on slavery, saying it was “misconstrued.”