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Five GOP Candidates Reject Controversial Marriage Vow

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --Five GOP presidential candidates have refused to sign a controversial marriage pledge, which asks them to support outlawing pornography, upholding the Defense of Marriage Act and creating a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney as well as fellow candidates Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain have not signed the Family Leader's Marriage Vow Pledge, but Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have.

Romney was the first GOP presidential candidate who refused to sign the pledge.

"Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage but he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign," Romney's campaign said in a statement.

On the campaign trail in Iowa Wednesday, Tim Pawlenty announced his decision not to sign the pledge, and instead released a video discussing his personal faith.

Pawlenty's decision comes just weeks before the Ames straw poll which he desperately needs to do well in. Both Santorum and especially Bachmann pose real threats to Pawlenty in Iowa.

"I deeply respect, and share, Bob Vander Platts' commitment to promoting the sanctity of marriage, a culture of life, and the core principles of the Family Leader’s Marriage Vow Pledge," he continued. "However, rather than sign onto the words chosen by others, I prefer to choose my own words, especially seeking to show compassion to those who are in broken families through no fault of their own."

The Family Leader's choice of words for their Marriage Vow may not have been the wisest.

The Iowa-based conservative group retracted a portion of the pledge's introduction earlier this week that suggested African-American children were better off under slavery than they are today.

Both Bachmann and Santorum signed the pledge while the slavery comments were still intact.

Presidential candidate Herman Cain on Wednesday became the fifth GOP presidential contender to decline to sign the group's marriage pledge.

Although Cain is making a strong play in Iowa where the group, The Family Leader, is based, he said in a statement that while he supports the organization's "commitment to supporting traditional values" his own position "encompasses their values without the need to sign the pledge."

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