Mitt Romney And Tim Pawlenty Pass On 'Pledge'

...unlike their competitors Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, Romney and Pawlenty won't sign the pledge by the Family Leader:
Republicans Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty will not sign a controversial marriage pledge pushed by a conservative Iowa group.

The pledge by the Family Leader [pdf] calls on candidates to support marriage between a man and a woman and to reject same-sex marriage, pornography and Islamic sharia law, among other issues.

The conservative group, which plays a key role in the Iowa presidential caucuses, removed controversial language from the pledge's preamble that suggested black children born into slavery had a better family situation than black children today.

Pawlenty said in a statement this afternoon he "fully supports traditional marriage. Unequivocally." But he said he "respectfully" declines to sign onto "words chosen by others," and instead released a video outlining his values.

Romney's campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Romney "strongly supports traditional marriage" but was concerned that the pledge "contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign."

Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum are the only presidential candidates so far to have signed the Family Leader pledge. Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson also has rejected the pledge, saying "government should not be in the bedrooms of consenting adults."
I may not agree with either Romney or Pawlenty regarding marriage equality, but good on them for avoiding this 'pledge'.