National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released a statement questioning GOP hopeful Herman Cain’s sincerity on the marriage issue.
“We need someone who does not just talk the talk, but walks the walk on marriage. That is why we asked all the GOP candidates to sign NOM’s 5 point marriage pledge. Bachmann, Santorum and Romney have. Why hasn’t Herman Cain?” asked Maggie Gallagher, chairman of NOM.
“President Obama claimed he supported traditional marriage, but then failed to follow through. If Herman Cain wants to distinguish his position from President Obama, he should commit to concrete actions, not just rhetoric in support of marriage.”
NOM’s statement came after Cain called President Barack Obama’s decision not to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) an impeachable offense.
NOM’s 5 point marriage pledge is one among many moves requiring political candidates to make public solemn vows to support the marriage issue.
Another well publicized move called “The Marriage Vow” was released by The Family Leader in July. The Family Leader’s July version was reportedly an earlier version of NOM’s 5 point marriage pledge.
“The Marriage Vow” was criticized for the racial, social and economic overtones contained within its text. One of the controversial rationales stated “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.”
According to the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), Americans who support marriage are voiceless against those attempting to redefine marriage. They are looking to see what voice Cain might add to the mix. Herman Cain will have to clear the air on the matter sooner rather than later if he hopes to gain and retain the support of the ultra-conservative base. According to NOM, his ridicule of President Obama’s stance on marriage will not suffice as an indicator of his own political leanings.