Cain backs U.S. Constitutional amendments banning abortion, protecting marriage
DES MOINES, Iowa, October 24, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Presidential candidate Herman Cain has come out in support of U.S. Constitutional amendments to end abortion and protect marriage. The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Godfather’s Pizza clarified his pro-life, pro-marriage position after the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Des Moines.
“Yes. Yes I feel that strongly about it,” Cain said when questioned by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) whether he supports a pro-life amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “If we can get the necessary support and it comes to my desk I’ll sign it. That’s all I can do. I will sign it.”
Cain said that as president he would speak on life issues, recalling his recent visit to Houston, Texas, where he spoke with a woman who had decided not to abort her baby. He said that people must be shown the beauty of not aborting a life.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen. How did he bring about the movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Cain asked. “He touched the hearts of people. That’s what a President needs to have the ability to do, in order to change people’s minds.”
The Georgia businessman said that as U.S. President, he could be a social conservative warrior.
“I think marriage should be protected at the federal level also,” Cain said. “I used to believe that it could be just handled by the states but there’s a movement going on to basically take the teeth out of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and that could cause an unraveling, so we do need some protection at the federal level because of that and so yes I would support legislation that would say that it’s between a man and a woman.”
Cain’s position represents a change since his October 16 appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. Cain told NBC’s David Gregory during that interview that he did not support a Constitutional ban on homosexual “marriage.” He said that states should decide the issue for themselves.
To date, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza is the only top-tier Republican candidate to have signed neither a pro-life pledge authored by the Susan B. Anthony List nor a pro-traditional marriage pledge proposed by the National Organization for Marriage.