Laurens County GOP Requires Purity Pledge
S.C. county requires candidates to make pledge to get on ballot
The Republican Party in one South Carolina county adjusted its policies last week to require candidates to sign pledges asserting that they live up to certain conservative principles, according to The Clinton Chronicle.
The Laurens County GOP added 28 "principles of Republicanism" to a pledge that a candidate must sign in order to be on a Republican primary ballot there.
Some of the required pledge items include:
You must oppose abortion, in any circumstances.
You must uphold the right to have guns, all kinds of guns.
You must endorse the idea of a balanced state and federal budget, whatever it takes, even if your primary responsibility is to be sure the county budget is balanced.
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.
Once candidates sign the pledge, they must also interview in front of a three-person committee in order to secure a place on the ballot.
The new policy passed Feb. 28 with unanimous support of the party's executive committee, according to the article.
South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said he felt certain measures were required to prevent Democrats from running on the Republican ticket.
"You can't keep them from filing, legally," Connelly said of potential Republican candidates. "But we should be able to ask, 'What do you believe in, and why.'"