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Michele Bachmann Addresses 'Marriage Vow' Pledge, Slavery (VIDEO)

Michele Bachmann The Marriage Vow Pledge Slavery

First Posted: 07/13/11 01:09 PM ET Updated: 09/12/11 06:12 AM ET

During an appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" on Tuesday night, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann discussed her decision to sign a controversial pledge introduced by the Family Leader, a conservative Iowa-based group, last week.

Supporting the "The Marriage Vow - A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family" means standing behind a "federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman." It also entails backing a crackdown on pornography.

Bachmann and rival GOP candidate Rick Santorum recently found themselves facing scrutiny over a section of the pledge invoking slavery that has since been removed from the document. Here's an excerpt of the text in question:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.

Speaking on Fox News Bachmann said, "That statement was not on a document that I signed." She added, "Apparently, the group had a statement about that in another part that they've now since removed and gotten rid of and disavowed. I just want to make it absolutely clear, I abhor slavery. Slavery was a terrible part of our nation's history. It is good that we no longer have slavery. And under no circumstances would any child be better off growing up under slavery that that isn't what I signed. That isn't what I believe."

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