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COMMENTARY: The pledge of hate

Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., nine Republicans are running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District?

You probably wonder why you should care if you don’t live in Alabama?

You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-gender marriage.

Here is that pledge – in all its Alabama glory:

Pledge to Oppose Gay Marriage

By Dean Young, pledged to Traditional Marriage

Our faith teaches us that marriage is defined as one man and one woman joining together in holy matrimony. The Defense of Marriage Act passed Congress and became law in hopes of protecting traditional marriage and against an activist homosexual marriage agenda. In June of this year the U.S Supreme Court declared the protections of DOMA unconstitutional.

The national Republican Party platform has a clear plank opposing gay marriage. The Alabama State Republican Executive Committee has on its agenda for its August 24 meeting a by-law change to expel any member who supports gay marriage, thereby contradicting the Republican position.

It is time for men and women of faith to stand for the founding Christian values and morals that made our nation great, to defend our families and the sacred holiness of marriage.



1. I believe that the only marriage is between one man and one woman.

2. I believe the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality and thereby gay marriage.

3. The tenants of my church oppose gay marriage.

4. I oppose gay marriage.

5. As a member of Congress, I shall take active steps to oppose gay marriage.

6. I support the by-law change to expel any member of the Republican Executive Committee who opposes the party position by supporting gay marriage.

Although four of the candidates said they believe that marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman, they stopped short of signing this pledge. The other candidates have not responded to Young and his “pledge” and are declining to comment.

Young has had his feet planted firmly in the religious-rights camp for some time now. As the head of the anti-gay Christian Family Association, he advocated posting the Ten Commandments in public schoolrooms, and once called a rabbi “a leader of the forces of darkness” because the rabbi opposed an attempt to place a marble statue of the Ten Commandments in front of a Wisconsin courthouse.

Yes, times are changing, laws are changing, but the hearts and minds of some people might never change.

As hard as we’re fighting to make change, there are people fighting just as hard to keep things in their little world the same. They fear what they don’t know – and they don’t know much about how to live outside of what they believe.

In the words of Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.