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A Misguided Fidelity Pledge

An Iowa Christian conservative group, The Family Leader, has urged presidential candidates to sign a pledge called “The Marriage Vow: A declaration of dependence upon marriage and family.” At the top of the list is this pledge: “Personal fidelity to my spouse.”

Now, I’m all for fidelity in marriage–for religious, personal and societal reasons. But this pledge strikes me as misguided.

Marriage vows themselves are pledges to faithfulness to your spouse –and for most of us (including, I believe, all the GOP candidates) that pledge has been made before religious authorities, friends, a congregation of co-religionists, a future spouse, and God. Why one would believe a pledge made to a 501(c)3 nonprofit group would carry more weight than one made to the most important people in your life, as well as to the Lord God himself, strikes me as odd.

I suppose this is all part of the silliness that goes into a presidential campaign. But this demand is particularly ridiculous.

 



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