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Pawlenty Won't Sign Marriage Pledge

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 07: Former Minnesota Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty speaks to students at the University of Chicago on June 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Pawlenty discussed his views about the nation's economy to approximately 100 students gathered in the lecture hall on the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Steve Pope/Getty Images)

He added that he "deeply respects" Bob Vander Plaats' -- the head of The Family Leader -- "commitment to promoting the sanctity of marriage, a culture of life, and the core principles of the Family Leader's Marriage Vow Pledge." "However, rather than sign onto the words chosen by others, I prefer to choose my own words, especially seeking to show compassion to those who are in broken families through no fault of their own," he said. Pawlenty's spokesman Alex Conant declined to comment what specific provisions in the vow the former governor objected to.

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