Michele Bachmann dodges questions on anti-gay stanceOnline Only, Top Highlights Monday, August 15th, 2011
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appeared Sunday on several morning talk shows where she side-stepped questions about her attitude toward the gay community. Bachmann, who referred to homosexuality as “personal bondage” in a 2004 interview, refused to answer directly when hosts suggested that her anti-gay political stance is reflective of her prejudice against LGBT people.
The Minnesota Independent reports that during Bachmann’s appearance on Meet the Press, host David Gregory played a clip of the presidential hopeful’s famous quote where she stated, “Your involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage…personal enslavement…It’s a very sad life.” When asked to comment on the statement, Bachmann responded, “Well, I am running for the presidency of the United States. I’m not running to be anyone’s judge.”
Gregory then asked Bachmann how she expected the gay community to respond to her policies, which many consider to be highly judgmental. Rather than addressing the question, Bachmann redirected the conversation and spoke of her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. “That’s what I stand for, but I ascribe honor and dignity to every person no matter what their background,” she said.
Bachmann also appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, where host Candy Crowly asked whether or not she intended to reinstate the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy if elected. While she noted her intent to consult with military commanders before making a decision, Bachmann revealed that she would most likely reinstate the ban on gays in the military.
During the interview, Bachmann also commented on the process by which states legalize gay marriage, stating that the people should have the ability to vote on such measures. She cited Iowa’s 2009 gay marriage legislation as an example, and accused the three judges who passed the law of acting as a “super legislature.” “That’s why people here in Iowa did not retain their three judges,” said Bachmann. “They were very offended that three judges substituted their opinions for the will of the people.”
In addition, Bachmann stated that, if elected, she plans to protect traditional marriage by appointing only those judges who vow to uphold the constitution and to protect the Defense of Marriage Act.
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