T-Paw’s Odd Absence

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

I’ve sorta tired of pledges, but it does seem bizarre that Tim Pawlenty hasn’t signed onto the National Organization of Marriage’s marriage pledge. The pledge is straightforward. And Governor Pawlenty does come from Minnesota, which has been a ground zero for the marriage debate lately. Pawlenty knows this is not a mere rhetorical debate for primary times.

Maggie Gallagher, who is chair of NOM, says, “Pawlenty’s communications director Ann Marie Hauser personally informed me on Tuesday that Tim Pawlenty would not sign NOM’s marriage pledge. Like many people, we are scratching our heads and wondering why Governor Pawlenty, who has been a champion for marriage in Minnesota, would not commit to doing so for America.”

She adds: “At this point, the people of Iowa need to know that Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are the only candidates willing to step forward and pledge to protect marriage in this campaign. We hope Governor Pawlenty will reconsider.”

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