Mitt Romney

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won’t sign a right-wing Iowa group’s anti-gay “Marriage Vow” pledge, according to the Associated Press. A spokeswoman for Romney said he “strongly supports traditional marriage,” but that the pledge “contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.” According to the AP, Romney is the first GOP candidate to reject the Family Leader’s pledge, which the group says candidates must sign to be eligible for its endorsement. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have already signed the 14-point “Marriage Vow.”

2. Speaking of Bachmann, as she continues to face intense media scrutiny over her “ex-gay” clinic — Good As You has dredged up an audio clip of the Minnesota congresswoman speaking at a conference in 2004 where she suggested that being gay is “part of Satan.”

3. Which brings us back to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is now said to have a “huge opening” if he decides to enter the GOP presidential primary. Which is why we’re glad Right Wing Watch is continuing its damning investigation of Perry’s partners for his Aug. 6 day of prayer in Houston. The latest gem uncovered by Right Wing Watch is Dr. John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, who believes homosexuality is a population control plot by the Illuminati. Watch video below.