Rick Perry is the latest Republican presidential candidate to sign a pledge, saying he will commit to defend marriage as a union between one man and one woman if elected.

Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in adding his name to the pledge written by the National Organization for Marriage.

“Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for making it clear: he’s a marriage champion!” said Brian Brown, president of NOM, in a statement Friday. “The purpose of NOM’s Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage.”

The Texas governor’s decision to endorse the marriage pledge comes weeks after he stirred controversy when he said New York’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage was “their business” and “fine with me.”

He later clarified to Washington-based conservative group Family Research Council that he “probably needed to add a few words after that ‘it’s fine with me.'”

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