19 Jul '11, 6pm

Iowa anti-gay-marriage pledge also calls for "robust childbearing." Ladies, pump out those babies!

The anti-gay-marriage pledge being pushed by an influential Iowa conservative has made headlines this month for splintering the field of GOP presidential candidates by harkening back to the good ol' family-friendly days of slavery. We haven't heard as much about the pledge's call for "robust childbearing." Not only must marriage be between a man and a woman, but it should result in that woman getting pregnant and giving birth lots of times, for the good of the republic. "The Marriage Vow " pledge [PDF], drawn up by right-wing group The Family Leader, calls for political candidates to: Recogni[ze] that robust childbearing and reproduction is beneficial to U.S. demographic, economic, strategic and actuarial health and security. [Emphasis and subject-verb disagreement in original.] That bold assertion is backed up by a footnote that cites Julian Simon, Ben Wattenberg, and oth...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/election-2012/2011-07-19-anti-gay-ma...

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