Michele Bachmann: If Gay Men Want to Marry, They Should Marry a Woman!
Michele Bachmann respects and admires all of you LGBT Americans, guys! We nasty gay bloggers and Gotcha! media types have the trailing GOP Presidential hopeful all wrong. Bachmann would love, Love, LOVE for gay men to get married. Just, you know, to a woman.
BACHMANN: Well, No. 1, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that’s really what government’s role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn’t be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people’s preferences. We all have the same civil rights.
JANE SCHMIDT: Then, why can’t same-sex couples get married?
BACHMANN: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.
JANE SCHMIDT: Why can’t a man marry a man?
BACHMANN: Because that’s not the law of the land.
JANE SCHMIDT: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.
BACHMANN: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.
JANE SCHMIDT: So you won’t support the LGBT community?
BACHMANN: No, I said that there are no special rights for people based upon your sex practices. There’s no special rights based upon what you do in your sex life. You’re an American citizen first and foremost and that’s it.
ELLA NEWELL, a junior at Waverly High School: Wouldn’t heterosexual couples, if they were given a privilege then, that gay couples aren’t, like given that privilege to get married, but heterosexual couples are given a privilege to get married?
BACHMANN: Remember every American citizen has the right to avail themselves to marriage but they have to follow what the laws are. And the laws are you marry a person of the opposite sex.
Big props to the eloquent Ms. Schmidt for standing up to the big, Bach wolf. You would think that a woman who’s home district has the highest child suicide rates in the entire country would be a bit more concerned with offering Gay-Straight Alliances safe havens for at-risk students, but alas, you’d think wrong.
(via Des Moines Register)