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Rick Santorum signs pledge to ban same sex marriage and pornography

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Rick Santorum has become the second Republican presidential candidate to sign a “pro-marriage” pledge vowing to fight against same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography.

“When I first read it, I was taken aback by it. I can’t argue that I wasn’t,” he told CNN on Sunday.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was the first presidential candidate to sign the pledge, created by The Family Leader, a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group.

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“Our goal is to send out The Marriage Vow to the candidates, including President Obama, by July 15th and have his/her signed document returned to us by August 1st. We can then publicize their responses at the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Straw Poll,” The Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said.

By signing the pledge (PDF), Santorum and Bachmann vowed to remain faithful to their spouses and support a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, as well as agreeing that same sex marriage was akin to polygamy.

They both also promised to ban “all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence” and only appoint conservative judges.

“I pledged personal fidelity to my wife when I was married to her,” Santorum added. “And pledged the same, that I would not involve myself in any other relationships with anybody else who is married. So that’s a pledge I’ve taken and I take every single day when I – as a married person – and feel very comfortable making that public statement.”

The document also implies that homosexuality is a choice.

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“No peer-reviewed empirical science or rational demonstration has ever definitively proven, nor has even shown an overwhelming probability that homosexual preference or behavior is irresistible as a function of genetic determination or other forms of fatalism,” according to the Christian group.

Watch CNN’s interview with Rick Santorum below:

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With prior reporting by David Edwards


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‘I am George Floyd’: Air Force Chief Master Sergeant backs protests as Trump threatens military force

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Kaleth O. Wright, the Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, expressed his support for anti-police brutality protests across the country just as President Donald Trump threatened to use military force to put down violence.

"I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force," Wright wrote on Twitter Monday night. "I am George Floyd... I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice. Just like most of the Black Airmen and so many others in our ranks... I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes."

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Trump wanted to sent brutal message by gassing protesters on way to church: White House reporter

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Although at least one senior official was sickened by President Donald Trump's walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church, a White House reporter said most officials were pleased that it set a brutal example.

NBC News correspondent Shannon Pettypiece told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that White House officials liked the chaos and brutality displayed by U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops firing tear gas at peaceful protests to clear the area for Trump's walk to church.

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African Americans and Hispanics have been looted of trillions — and it needs to stop

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Looting is the word of the day, on the lips of every newscaster, the president, and elected officials across the country. And, indeed, looting is a major problem in America.

In 1981, when Ronald Reagan ended the New Deal era, crushed labor unions, and massively cut the top personal and corporate tax rates, he kicked off the most massive and widespread looting of America since the 1920s.

Working people all across the nation have seen over $7 trillion of their wealth looted by the top 1 percent just in the past two decades, reducing them from the middle class to the working poor.

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