The National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Brian Brown announced that Tim Pawlenty will sign on to the group’s anti-gay marriage pledge, after initially refusing to join Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann in agreeing to the document. The group is asking candidates to support a federal constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex unions, appoint socially conservative judges, and “investigate” the intimidation of same-sex marriage opponents.
NOM had been urging its members to call Pawlenty and ask him to sign the pledge, characterizing his initial refusal as “peculiar.” Marriage is “an important issue on the federal level and we’re very excited that not only three, but now a fourth candidate has signed on — Tim Pawlenty we got word last night is signing on,” Brown said during an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon.
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Yesterday, Maggie Gallagher explained Pawlenty’s snub this way: “Pawlenty’s communications director, Ann Marie Hauser, personally informed me on Tuesday that Tim Pawlenty would not sign NOM’s marriage pledge,” she said. “Like many people, we are scratching our heads wondering why Gov. Pawlenty, who has been a champion for marriage in Minnesota, would not commit to doing so for America.”