Republican presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson spoke out over the weekend against the FAMiLY LEADER’s “marriage vow” that rivals Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) have already signed. Arguing that “government should not be involved in the bedrooms of consenting adults,” Johnson condemned the pledge as “unRepublican” and a “promise to discriminate“:
This ‘pledge’ is nothing short of a promise to discriminate against everyone who makes a personal choice that doesn’t fit into a particular definition of ‘virtue’.
While the Family Leader pledge covers just about every other so-called virtue they can think of, the one that is conspicuously missing is tolerance. In one concise document, they manage to condemn gays, single parents, single individuals, divorcees, Muslims, gays in the military, unmarried couples, women who choose to have abortions, and everyone else who doesn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell painting.
Johnson has spoken out in favor of gay rights issues, supporting civil unions and suggesting that President Obama has been too slow to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), who also supports civil unions, said he would not sign the pledge, but only because he never signs any pledges.