Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks with small business owners at the Brewery Bar IV on June 20, 2011 in Aurora, Colorado.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not sign a controversial marriage vow from the Iowa social conservative group, Family Leader.
"Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage but he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign," said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul late Tuesday night.
Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, who are also vying for the Republican presidential nomination, signed "The Marriage Vow -- A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family."
They later had to clarify their support for the pledge because it contained a preamble suggesting black children born into slavery had better family structures than black children now.
The excerpt has since been removed.
The Family Leader is an important socially conservative group in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, holding sway over the state's traditionally more conservative caucus goers who influence the fate of presidential campaigns.
A spokesman former Sen. Santorum of Pennsylvania told CNN Monday he was "pleased" to sign the pledge, but agreed with the Leader's decision to remove the language about slavery.
"Senator Santorum was pleased to sign the Iowa Family Leader's pledge because he is committed to standing up for traditional marriage. The bigger question here is why aren't more Republicans having the courage to stand up for the institution of marriage and signing this pledge," Virginia Davis said in an email. "With that said, Senator Santorum believed it was the right thing for the Iowa Family Leader to remove the language from the preamble to the pledge about slavery."
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