Posts tagged Michele Bachmann
In an appeareance on Fox News Sunday, the conservative GOP candidate slammed a 2009 court decision allowing same-sex marriage in the state.
“Marriage, historically, for all human history has been between a man and a woman. It hasn’t been the same-sex marriage,” Bachmann said. “And remember that in Iowa, it was judges that made the decision — not the legislature, which are the people’s representatives, and certainly, not the people.”
Bachmann argued Iowans are also against gay marriage, pointing to the removal of three out of seven state Supreme Court justices by Iowa voters last year after a conservative campaign blasted the judges for striking down a law restricting marriage to straight couples as a violation of the state constitution.
All seven Supreme Court justices approved the 2009 decision to declare the marriage restriction unconstitutional.
Bachman’s latest pronouncement against gay marriage came just days after the candidate’s debate with a gay rights activist in Iowa over the issue made headlines.
Jane Schmidt, 16, asked Bachmann at a town hall Wednesday what she would do if elected to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Bachmann responded by saying she would work to guarantee the same civil rights enjoyed by all American citizens.
When Schmidt asked about gay marriage, Bachmann responded that gay couples have the same right as heterosexual couples to get married — to someone of the opposite sex.
“They can get married,” Bachmann said. “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.”
Bachmann added that gay couples should not get married because “that’s not the law of the land,” despite the fact that gay marriage is legal in six states, including Iowa.
The issue of marriage equality in Iowa also popped up in the news earlier this week when a video of Zach Wahls‘ speech before the Iowa House of Representatives in opposition to a resolution against gay marriage went viral again nearly a year after it was first posted to YouTube.
Wahls, whose parents are lesbians, describes his family life in glowing terms and highlights his personal success in school and running a small business. “If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I’d make you very proud,” Wahls said.
Bachmann currently places sixth among Republican primary candidates in the Real Clear Politics average of five major opinion polls, with 4.6%. Those figures, however, predate the suspension of Herman Cain‘s campaign on Saturday.
by Roque Planas as published in the New York Daily News
A candidate with a long and ferocious anti-gay record as Michele Bachmann needs a campaign chairman with a similar history of activism against gay rights. Last week, Bachmann’s campaign announced that Tamara Scott will serve as her Iowa Co-Chair, with campaign manager Eric Woolson announcing, “We are proud to have the support of an honorable conservative leader like Tamara.”
Scott is the director of Iowa’s Concerned Women for America chapter, and last year successfully fought to remove three justices from the Iowa Supreme Court after they legalized marriage equality in the state. She claimed that the future of America and people’s potential to enter Heaven would be in jeopardy if marriage equality remains the law of the land, telling supporters, “This is a battle for your future as Americans, for your future as a society and for your future someday when you stand before the Throne.”
One reason Scott said that voters should oppose marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is that it would open the door for polyamory and legalizing marriages between people and inanimate objects. While speaking with Bob Vander Plaats, the head of The Family Leader, Scott warned that gay rights will lead to people marrying objects like the Eiffel Tower:
by Brian Tashman as published at RightWingWatch.org
Burlington, Vt – Truth Wins Out expressed surprise today that Marcus Bachmann personally called the organization demanding $150 for cancelled July sessions of “ex-gay” therapy with a counselor at his office. He threatened that if TWO did not pay him by Friday he would turn the phony bill over to a collection agency.
In July, Truth Wins Out went undercover and exposed Bachmann & Associates for practicing a form of discredited “pray away the gay” therapy. The revelation rocked Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign. After TWO’s John Becker, who went undercover, had enough videotape evidence to prove that “ex-gay” therapy occurred at Bachmann’s clinic, he called the clinic and cancelled his remaining appointments. Despite widespread circulation of TWO’s video footage, Marcus denied the therapy had taken place.
“I cancelled my remaining appointments in compliance with Bachmann & Associates’ stated procedure,” said John Becker, TWO’s Director of Communications and Development, “yet Marcus Bachmann himself called me and threatened to send the fraudulent $150 ‘bill’ to a collection agency by Friday. I find it odd that Bachmann handled this matter personally rather than through his billing department. This is certainly an unorthodox way of doing business, much like the unethical ‘ex-gay’ therapy offered at his clinic.”
“We call on Marcus Bachmann to immediately stop his petty and vindictive campaign of harassment and threats against our organization,” said TWO’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Perhaps, now that Michele’s campaign is foundering, the Bachmanns are frustrated and looking for scapegoats to explain her failure. Truth Wins Out refuses to be intimidated or blackmailed by Bachmann. This bogus bill will not be paid.”
Becker was surprised when he received a voicemail from Bachmann on Monday demanding payment for cancelled sessions which never took place. On Tuesday, he returned Bachmann’s call and spoke with him for nearly seven minutes in the presence of a reporter from the local ABC/FOX affiliate in Burlington. The video of the tense exchange can be viewed at Truth Wins Out’s website.
“We saw firsthand that the ‘ex-gay’ therapy practiced by Bachmann & Associates is unethical and unhealthy for clients,” said Becker. “What goes on in that clinic is rejected by every respected medical and mental health organization in America.”
by John Becker at Truth Wins Out
Truth Wins Out is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly and true to themselves. TWO fights anti-LGBT religious extremism, monitors anti-LGBT organizations, documents their lies and exposes their leaders. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann promised to significantly lower funding to social safety net programs during a speech at the Family Research Council this morning, going so far as to suggest that people who can’t work should not eat. “Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves,” she said. “Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.”
Libya, it should be noted, is in Africa.
Bachmann was referring to Obama’s recent announcement that he will be sending 100 U.S. troops to Uganda to help battle rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army.
as published at the Huffington Post
Before her campaign started sinking in the polls, Michele Bachmann had habitually downplayed her opposition to all things gay as irrelevant. But in a new ad, brought to you by new campaign leadership, she wears it as a badge of honor.
“I’m running to be president of the United States,” she reminds voters at the start, which is coincidentally a line she had once regularly employed to dodge questions about her belief in so-called reparative therapy to “cure” homosexuality and her opposition to same-sex marriage.
“Conservatives are being told once again that we should settle for anyone but Barack Obama,” she argues. “Well, friends, this is the one year where we can’t settle. I have fought for life from the statehouse to the United States Congress. I’ve led the charge as a champion for traditional marriage. And as president, I want you to know I’ll fight for life and for marriage.”
The ad is posted on YouTube under the headline “Don’t Settle on Life and Marriage.” It’s a stark change from her “meet the candidate” interview on Meet the Press in August.
“You know, all of these kind of questions really aren’t what people are concerned about right now,” she insisted to moderator David Gregory.
Now those same social issues sound like one of her main selling points.
“We can have a president who believes in the power of prayer,” she promises in the new campaign ad, “a president who is steadfast on the values of life and marriage and faith.”
The ad is being released while all of the major Republican candidates are gathering at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. The Advocate found that the summit is filled with booths distributing antigay propaganda, but that hasn’t stopped Bachmann or any of the others from attending despite calls from gay rights organizations that they skip it.
By Lucas Grindley as published at Advocate.com