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Michele Bachmann Calls Question About Gay Rights “Bizarre”

January 3rd, 2012 Comments off

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Hopefully after today’s Iowa vote this will be the last we hear of homophobic Michele Bachmann, but until the minute she drops out the Minnesota Congresswoman continues to spew homophobic comments. Today, CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien said to Bachmann: “Your stance on homosexuality: I want to read a little bit of what you said, you said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, ‘Gays live a very sad life,’ and that ‘it’s part of Satan’ And that’s a quote. You’ve taken a lot of flak for that. Do you pull back on any of that?”

Bachmann quickly responded: “It’s a bizarre thing to bring up…Today is the election, and what people recognize is that the most important issue that people will be looking at is, ‘Who is the best person to deal with the economy?'” [HuffPo]

Check out the video after the jump including how Soledad O’Brien reacted to Bachmann’s evasive “answer”…

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Rick Perry & Michele Bachmann Confronted by Gays in Iowa

December 19th, 2011 Comments off
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GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry was confronted about his views on DADT yesterday by a 14-year old girl at a town hall in Decorah, Iowa.
Rebecka Green, an openly bisexual high school student in Decorah, asked the Texas governor why he was so opposed to gays serving openly in the military. “Why [do] you want to deny them that freedom when they’re fighting and dying for your right to run for president,” she said. Perry went on to give some lame answer about faith and how DADT was working, so there was no need to change it.

In related primary news: Michele Bachmann and her husband were also confronted about their anti-homosexual positions at an event in Clarion, Iowa. A woman asked Michele to autograph her poster that said “Gay Friendly Iowan,” then asked if Bachmann was aware that 10% of the US population is gay. “And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay,” the woman said.

That statistic is from the Kinsey Reports, Dr. Alfred Kinsey’s famous books about human sexual behavior, based on thousands of interviews he conducted in the 1940s and 50s. Marcus Bachmann, Michele’s husband who runs a clinic long accused of conducting dangerous “reparative therapy,” chimed in and told the women “your facts are wrong. [The Kinsey Report] has been a myth for many years.”

[Towleroad, Towleroad]

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Openly Gay, Active Soldier Booed at Republican Debate

September 23rd, 2011 Comments off
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This was an absolutely disgusting show of disrespect for a openly gay American soldier serving in Iraq. Last night during the GOP debate, a YouTube question came in from Stephen Hill, a gay soldier currently serving in Iraq. He directed this question to Rick Santorum: “Do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military.”

Before Santorum could respond the crowd erupted in ugly boos. None of the candidates reacted to the noise in the room.

Santorum, though, did respond to the question and received feverish applause:

Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they are making it a point to include it as a provision within the military – that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege, I think tries to inject social policy into the military and the military’s job is to defend our country. We need to give the military, which is all volunteer, the ability to do so in a way that is most efficient and protective of our men and women in uniform and I believe this undermines that ability.

Watch the video after the jump, and make sure to sign the letter denouncing the Republicans disgusting behavior and treatment of an American soldier serving in Iraq.

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Michele Bachmann Greeted by Flash Mob in California

September 19th, 2011 Comments off
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As GOP hopeful Michele Bachmann made the opening remarks at the the Republican Party’s convention in Los Angeles, a Courage Campaign flash mob of 60+ people took over the JW Marriott’s plaza. “Michele Bachmann, you can’t pray the gay away,” one man shouted as a bevy of others joined him in a dance to Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” [LATimes]

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Mother of Gay-Bullying Victim Delivers a 130,000 Person Petition to Michele Bachmann

September 16th, 2011 Comments off
Tammy Aaberg with a Photo of her Son. Photo by Allen Brisson-Smith via StarTribune.

Tammy Aaberg lost her gay son last year when he took his life after being harassed repeatedly in the Anoka-Henepin School District, a district that is in anti-gay, GOP candidate Michele Bachmann’s district. The school district is also the target of two lawsuits, both of which stem from its “neutrality policy” on sexual identity. According to the StarTribune:

Aaberg and five others met with Bachmann staffers at the congresswoman’s office in Waite Park, near St. Cloud. They also delivered a box containing more than 130,000 petition signatures from around the country, calling on Bachmann to condemn harassment of gay students in her district. About 500 of the signers came from Bachmann’s district, according to Becky Bond, a spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Credo Action, a for-profit mobile communications company that directs some of its profits to progressive causes. It also offers opportunities for users to generate and sign petitions.

Michele Bachmann Evades Gay Rights Questions, Would Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

August 15th, 2011 Comments off
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In a series of interviews held Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann held her tongue regarding her views of gay Americans, but her evasive responses did little to hide her disdain.

In an interview for MSNBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory directly asked the U.S. representative about her opinion of gay Americans, referring to a recording of a previous interview in which Bachmann referred to homosexuality as “personal enslavement” and “sexual dysfunction.” Bachmann repeatedly responded to Gregory by telling him she was “running for the presidency of the United States” and that she was “not running to be anyone’s judge.”

In an interview that same day with CNN’s State of the Union, Bachmann professed that she believed that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy has worked very well, and that as president she would ultimately reinstate it.

Just this past Saturday, Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll, which is often seen as the first real test for Republican presidential candidates.

Watch the video of Bachmann’s interview on Meet the Press, after the jump…
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Bachmann Clinic Tells Patients to Pray Away the Gay

July 14th, 2011 Comments off
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has come under fire this week after footage surfaced showing some of the ex-gay practices endorsed at the counseling center she owns with her husband Marcus.

The video was recorded by John Becker, a gay man with the advocacy group Truth Wins Out. Becker went undercover at the clinic with a camera in his bag, posing as a homosexual patient seeking guidance about his sexuality. In his meeting with Becker, the counselor at Bachmann’s center told him that a man’s eyes were predisposed to be attracted to the features of women and claimed that he could rid himself of his homosexuality through prayer. The center also provided material written by “ex-gay” individuals to help homosexuals convert to heterosexuality.

Watch Nightline’s coverage of the story after the jump…
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Michele Bachmann Signs Anti-Gay Pledge

July 8th, 2011 Comments off

On Thursday, The Family Leader, an Iowa-based group that protects the interest of ‘traditional family values,’ asked all of the Republican presidential candidates to sign a pledge opposing LGBT rights. In a development surprising to none, Representative Michele Bachmann has emerged as the first candidate to back the pledge.

In addition to stating that homosexuality is a choice, the pledge claims that heterosexual parents are superior to homosexual parents and that gay men are a public health risk. The pledge also takes a firm stance against same-sex marriage, Islamic law, pornography, and, strangely enough, divorce.

With this latest move, it seems Bachmann is trying to gain the lead in Iowa’s primaries by proving her merit among the state’s conservatives. Yet, however much support this may have won for the congresswoman, it certainly has earned her a very long list of enemies.