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Only in America: Party purity

A group of South Carolina Republicans forswear premarital sex, homosexuality, and porn — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

In Laurens County, S.C., Republican candidates must henceforth sign a pledge that they did not or will not have sex before marriage, are not gay, and will not watch pornography. The pledge — approved unanimously by the GOP executive committee — contains 24 other moral requirements that chairman Bobby Smith says are "essential to try and protect the party's reputation."