Michele Bachmann signs hate group's anti-gay marriage pledge

Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus, heterosexual crusaders.
Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus, heterosexual crusaders.

Shocking no one, Michele Bachmann signed a pledge from the National Organization of Marriage, promising to do everything she can to keep gay people from being happily married.

In the recent past, Bachmann's gotten in a spot of trouble for signing an Iowa group's anti-gay pledge, mostly because that one said stupid things about shariah law, banning porn, and, least intelligent, black people and slavery.

Perhaps having learned a lesson, this time around the pledge itself is straightforward. Instead, attention will shift toward the group pushing the pledge.

The National Organization for Marriage is categorized as an anti-gay "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the national authority on bigotry.

Joining Bachmann in signing the pledge are Republican candidates Mitt Romney, who is made of wood, and Rick Santorum, who is made of cookie dough.

By signing, Bachmann promises that, if she becomes president, she will do five different things. The pledge seems simple enough, at least at first.

"One, support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification."

Then it gets a little weird. The second piece of the pledge calls for Bachmann to appoint Supreme Court and federal judges "committed to applying the original meaning of the Constitution."

Oh, wait, this pledge could be pretty bad for black people, too. Sorry, guys, back to slavery. But anyway, Michele already told you that you had it pretty good then.

By far the strangest part of this pledge is the fourth section, which goes like this:

"Four, establilsh a presidential commission on religious liberty to investigate and document reports of Americans who have been harassed or threatend for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed."

Right. Because in this instance, the persecuted minority is religious Americans, and not gay people who are told they're going to Hell.

The anti-gay group, which did everything it could to pass California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in 2008, was described in an SPLC report as having "become considerably more sophisticated since then, emphasizing its respect for homosexuals."

That doesn't mean NOM doesn't have some shameful associations, SPLC reports.

For a time, NOM's name was used by a bus driver named Louis Marinelli, who drove a van for NOM's "Summer for Marriage Tour" this year. Marinelli called himself a "NOM strategist" and sent out electronic messages under the NOM logo that repeated falsehoods about homosexuals being pedophiles and gay men having extremely short lifespans. In homemade videos posted on his own YouTube page, he said same-sex marriage would lead to "prostitution, pedophilia and polygamy." But this July, NOM said it was not associated with Marinelli.

It's understandable why NOM would want to get away from an association like that. But in this case, it's hard to tell whether a connection with NOM is bad for Michele Bachmann, or the other way around.

Below, you can see all five very important demands from NOM, and Michele's beautiful signature at the top.  (Click to enlarge.)

Michele Bachmann signs hate group's anti-gay marriage pledge

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