Pledge Of Allegiance of the Day: The Republican Party of Laurens County, South Carolina, last week unanimously passed a resolution requiring members who wish to run for public office to sign a pledge affirming that they were abstinent before marriage, that they are and will continue to be faithful to their spouse, that they are neither homosexual nor in favor of equal rights for same-sex couples, and that they will never again look at pornography.
The so-called “Resolution of The Laurens County Republican Party regarding The Qualifications of Candidates for the Primary Ballot” was approved by all 13 present members of the party’s executive committee at a meeting held last Tuesday.
An unidentified candidate who was present at the meeting said he was “puzzled” by the resolution, but the committee members refused to answer questions following the vote.
According to an unofficial report, a subcommittee consisting of three members will be responsible for ensuring that candidates meet the required criteria. It remained unclear how the party intended to “hold into account” candidates who ran afoul of the pledge.
Reached for comment, Laurens County Republican Party chairman Bobby Smith said the move was necessary to protect the party’s reputation.
"The party has been pushing for closed primaries," Smith told the Clinton Chronicle. “People feel the platform has not been adhered to. We want candidates to believe in and uphold the party’s platform.”
The chairman released a statement today saying that, “due to various legal issues,” the party would not be allowed to force potential candidates who have met state qualifications to sign the pledge. However, the party “reserves 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.” 
[chronicle / wlbg / tpm.]

Pledge Of Allegiance of the Day: The Republican Party of Laurens County, South Carolina, last week unanimously passed a resolution requiring members who wish to run for public office to sign a pledge affirming that they were abstinent before marriage, that they are and will continue to be faithful to their spouse, that they are neither homosexual nor in favor of equal rights for same-sex couples, and that they will never again look at pornography.

The so-called “Resolution of The Laurens County Republican Party regarding The Qualifications of Candidates for the Primary Ballot” was approved by all 13 present members of the party’s executive committee at a meeting held last Tuesday.

An unidentified candidate who was present at the meeting said he was “puzzled” by the resolution, but the committee members refused to answer questions following the vote.

According to an unofficial report, a subcommittee consisting of three members will be responsible for ensuring that candidates meet the required criteria. It remained unclear how the party intended to “hold into account” candidates who ran afoul of the pledge.

Reached for comment, Laurens County Republican Party chairman Bobby Smith said the move was necessary to protect the party’s reputation.

"The party has been pushing for closed primaries," Smith told the Clinton Chronicle. “People feel the platform has not been adhered to. We want candidates to believe in and uphold the party’s platform.”

The chairman released a statement today saying that, “due to various legal issues,” the party would not be allowed to force potential candidates who have met state qualifications to sign the pledge. However, the party “reserves 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.” 

[chronicle / wlbg / tpm.]

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  2. tasteslikefail reblogged this from arineat and added:
    I am laughing SO HARD at this. Y’all, Laurens County, SC is where Presbyterian College is - which is where I went to...
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  4. indolentry reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    wow wtf.
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  6. arineat reblogged this from fuckyeahferafestiva and added:
    ^^^
  7. duorx reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    I think its funny that not ONE of the 13 members of the party did the necessary research to see if this would even be...
  8. fusspup reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    if all sins are created equally these mothas are still going to hell for LYYYYYINNNNNNN
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  10. twodefenestrate reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    What the actual fuck?
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  12. vgmgc reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    Bahahaha, if this were a national requirement, we’d have a lot fewer politicians…like almost none. EXCEPT FOR RICK...
  13. rakeblobinson reblogged this from julieannaeiluj and added:
    "that they are and will continue to be faithful to their spouse, that they are neither homosexual nor in favor of equal...
  14. sp1derjosh reblogged this from picardwouldtotallyrulekirk and added:
    My State everyone… my state of embarrassment.
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  16. moqq reblogged this from jonstarkling and added:
    I wonder how they plan to enforce this. I grew up right by Laurens County.
  17. shesaidfollowme reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    And once again it proves impossible to be a moderate Republican interested mostly in fiscal conservatism. I’m a stanch...
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    Pledge Of Allegiance of the Day: The Republican Party of Laurens County, South Carolina, last week unanimously passed a...
  20. julieannaeiluj reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    I’ve never been so ashamed of Laurens.
  21. sierradawn reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    More South Carolina crazy business.
  22. teaandcrumpets reblogged this from militaryflowers and added:
    *barf*
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA thanks for making it fun
  26. smalltownboytm reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    Really!?! Really?
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  28. classicmcconnell reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    A better title: “how to shoot ones part in the leg” or “What ever happened to all the townsfolk characters from the...
  29. emancipator reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    This shit only happens in South Carolina.
  30. benwilson said: Yes, because that’s obviously the Rupublican platform. Le sigh.
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  32. thelasttennant reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    What the actual fuck is wrong with EVERYONE these days? Or am I just now awakening to the pure stupidity of the world?...
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  34. imeanduh reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    1. Anne - it’s...So that’s pretty funny. 2. I just inherited this engineering district....
  35. ohshitkeiko said: lolwut?
  36. seamusiteverwas said: Ya know what? Let these yahoos secede from the nation. They’re nothing but a belligerent financial drain on the country. Cut ‘em loose & let’s see where these wonderful policies get them on their own.
  37. myarchaeology reblogged this from thedailywhat and added:
    ….what?
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