2012 Election

Racist Language Removed from "The Marriage Vow"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The group that put out the "marriage vow" that GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed have removed language from the vow that many people thought was racist.

"The Marriage Vow - A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family," issued by a group called The Family Leader, calls for an end to gay marriage, abortion, infidelity and pornography. But there was also a paragraph that referenced slave days:

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.

This angered many people, so the group decided to remove this part.

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"After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man," The Family Leader head Bob Vander Plaats told Fox News.

He added, "We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow."

This section was not on the "candidate vow" that Bachmann and Santorum signed, so it is not known if they even knew about it.

A Bachmann spokesman said she still believes in the rest of the vow.

"She stands by the points that are outlined in the pledge," the spokesman told Fox News."Particularly the ones for strong marriage. She's been happily married for 32 years. That's the focus of the pledge."