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Right-Wing Religious Group: ‘Better To Die Than To Live' In Pro-Gay World

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Right-wing Christian organization The Family Leader is digging its heels as firmly into the ground as they can in response to recent social and politi...

John Celock

Republican Candidate Opposes 'Evil'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

A Republican candidate for the Iowa state Senate told a group of college students that divorce is "evil" and that same-sex marriage should be blocked,...

Whither the White Evangelicals' Candidate

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

In a campaign that has featured any number of surprising twists and turns, there has been one constant feature of the race so far -- white evangelical voters have been consistently underwhelmed by their options.

Divorce, Porn, Gay Marriage Shape Iowa Race

Urbandale Patch | Anne Carothers-Kay | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

Increasingly, special interest groups nationally and in Iowa are asking presidential candidates to put their positions in writing by signing specifica...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Rick Santorum Gets Big Endorsement

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum received a boost to his presidential campaign Tuesday, picking up the endorsement of a leading...

Jason Linkins

Newt Gingrich Pledges Fidelity To Fidelity Pledge In Lengthy Letter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

When influential Iowa social conservative Bob Vander Plaats rolled out the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge, it was enough for most of the 2012 G...

Howard Fineman

He Has Repented, But Is He Forgiven In Iowa?

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six months ago, Rick Tyler quit Newt Gingrich cold turkey. He left the former speaker's entourage after 12 years of serving as his spoke...

Michele Bachmann's Iowa Campaign Co-Chair Warns Gay Marriage Could Lead To Women 'Marrying The Eiffel Tower'

Posted 11.22.2011 | Gay Voices

One of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to scaring people into not supporting gay marriage is using the "slippery slope" method. You tel...

Mitt Romney Avoids Social Conservative Forum

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- For as long as he's been the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney has avoided taking firm positions on high-stakes Washington sp...

GOP Hopefuls Vie For Social Conservative Support At Iowa Forum

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — Six Republican presidential candidates dove deep into how their religious faith influences their public life, during a free-f...

Jason Linkins

National Organization For Marriage Asks 2012ers To Sign A Second Pledge Against Marriage Equality

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

Seems like only yesterday that many of the 2012 GOP candidates were falling all over each other to sign the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge, whi...

A Republican Morality Play

Gary Johnson | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

A funny thing happened this week when I had the audacity to call a so-called "Marriage Vow" pledge for candidates issued by the Iowa-based Family Leader group for what it is: Offensive and UnRepublican.

Pledge Madness Sweeps GOP Presidential Field

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential contenders may be feeling nostalgic for the days when a candidate could focus on just one pledge: the oath ...

Michele Bachmann Marriage Pledge Loses Her a Young Conservative

Michael Smerconish | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Michele Bachmann's beliefs may win her the votes for the Republican nomination, but they all but guarantee that she will not win the moderate voters who decide presidential elections. To them and most of the nation, her positions are out of touch, insulting, and downright flaky.

'The Marriage Vow' Fractures GOP Field

Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics

A controversial pledge put forth by The Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative group, has created a rift in the field of contenders vying for the R...

Tim Pawlenty Weighs In On Controversial 'Marriage Vow'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican Tim Pawlenty says he won't sign a pledge written by a conservative Iowa group that asks presidential candidates to denou...

Bachmann Addresses Signing Controversial Pledge, Slavery

Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

During an appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" on Tuesday night, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann discussed her decision to sign a cont...

Mitt Romney Rejects The Family Leader's 'Marriage Vow' Pledge

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign said Tuesday that he will not sign a conservative Iowa Christian group's far...

Iowa Marriage Pledge Drops Reference To Slavery

Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) An Iowa-based conservative Christian organization has removed controversial language abo...

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Naturally, Newt Gingrich Wants To Edit The 'Marriage Vow'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

If you were wondering how Newt Gingrich was going to handle The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge -- with its fun references to "quickie divorces"...

Jason Linkins

Gary Johnson Outraged By 'Marriage Vow' Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

That "Family Leader" pledge may have won the enthusiastic endorsement of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, but former New Mexico Governor and long-s...

Jason Linkins

The Family Leader Drops Controversial Section Concerning Slavery From 'Marriage Vow' Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge asks a lot of the presidential candidates who sign it. You better not like gay people, for instance! Porn is...

Jason Linkins

Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa Social Conservative Kingmaker, Unveils A New Pledge For 2012ers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, we delved into the world of pledges that the members of the GOP field were being pressured into signing. Turns out we should have hel...