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Bachmann Two Weeks Ago: Nobody Cares About Marriage. Bachmann Now: It’s a Fundamental Issue.

Jim Burroway

August 26th, 2011

It depends on who's asking.

GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann finally answered a question about same-sex marriage, and her answer went well beyond repeating “I am running for the Presidency of the United States.” At a townhall meeting in South Carolina on Thursday, Bachmann was asked about same-sex marriage. She responded:

“In our coalition we have fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, the Tea Party movement, and we have social conservatives,”” she said. “You put that team together and there’s no way that we can possibly lose the election in 2012. We need to stick together.”

Bachmann even touted her time as a Minnesota state lawmaker when she introduced a bill to put a gay marriage ban up to a statewide vote. She said her bill, which failed at the time, was inspired by what she saw happen in Massachusetts when the state Supreme Court intervened and same-sex marriage eventually became legal.

“When that happened, I knew that my home state of Minnesota could be next,” she said. “Minnesota and Massachusetts have a lot in common. And I was very concerned about that. And so I introduced a bill that would allow the people of Minnesota to define marriage as one man and one woman. In my home state, I was not exactly popular for doing that measure. But I felt that it was right to let the people of Minnesota decide on the definition of marriage, not a plurality of judges.”

Unlike with her appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press where she tried to downplay her stance on marriage, she told the South Carolina gathering that marriage was “a fundamental issue, this issue of marriage, that I think it’s one the people have to vote on.” She also reiterated her support for a federal constitutional ban on marriage equality.



August 26th, 2011 | LINK

Since when is it a voters right to decide who is entitled to their constitutional rights? Bigotry by majority does not change the fact that I (we) are being denied what we are guaranteed by our nation’s laws.

August 26th, 2011 | LINK

Well, which is it? People should get to vote on it or there should be a Constitutional amendment? Because people don’t get to vote on Constitutional amendments.

David in Houston
August 26th, 2011 | LINK

I don’t recall getting to vote on whether lying bigoted hypocrites should be allowed to marry closeted self-loathing gay men.

August 26th, 2011 | LINK

“Minnesota and Massachusetts have a lot in common.”
That’s right! They both start with M and they both have funny accents compared to the way normal people talk down here! She’s a genius! I bet she could even get a law degree!

August 26th, 2011 | LINK

@MsRowena, AW, you beat me to it.

It doesn’t matter what the Loon from MN says anymore. Her mouth has clearly conveyed that there is little upstairs, and she’ll never get the nomination.

Rob in San Diego
August 27th, 2011 | LINK

“In my home state, I was not exactly popular for doing that measure.”

I believe the measure passed, thereby making you popular.

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