South Carolina county requests purity pledge to become a Republican

Oh, this is going to be fun. In Laurens County in South Carolina, the Republican Party decided that in order to be on the ballot, you should pledge that you’ve never had pre-marital sex and will never watch porn again.

This is part of a 28-point pledge concocted which also includes hating gays, abortion and all that good stuff, but what has brought about the most attention is the piece that aspiring candidates would vow that they’ve never done the deed before marriage. The language states:

You must favor, and live up to, abstinence before marriage.

You must be faithful to your spouse. Your spouse cannot be a person of the same gender, and you are not allowed to favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex.

You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography.

Considering 9 in 10 Americans have the sex before marriage, they’re probably going to have a tough time finding candidates — though there was clarification later that legally they can’t force folks to sign the pledge if they meet the other requirements to run. But GOP Chair Bobby Smith still contends that they still reserve the right to “vet its candidates and will encourage all candidates to uphold the principles of the party’s platform as well as petition candidates to sign a pledge to do so.” In other words, if you want to make friends, you still best abide.

But looking at what’s happening with the GOP primaries and the birth control fight, Laurens County is just another ridiculous symptom of a political party that is literally splitting itself apart.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/shelly/ Shelly

    Ridiculous. Seriously.

  • http://feministing.com/members/elsonmeehan/ Katherine Elson-Meehan

    Sorry to be a bother, but I must object to the typo in the second sentence; Laurens county is not in North Carolina.

    • http://feministing.com/members/veronicacharl10/ Veronica

      Yes it is. There’s a Laurens County in both Georgia and South Carolina.

  • http://feministing.com/members/smiles/ Smiley

    What’s the big deal?

    A party can place whatever constraints it likes on its own candidates (within the law, maybe?). Opponents of that party really should mind their own business.

    Imagine, if the asked their candidates to pledge alleginace to feminist ideals and to free abortions, this site will applaud and the Republicans will howl. So what?

  • http://feministing.com/members/kchloevt/ Kelsey

    So, in other words, this is just a test of how convincingly the candidates can lie? In that case, I can see how the Republican party would find it useful for vetting candidates.