Michele Bachmann and a Commentary on Gay America

Michele Bachmann and a Commentary on Gay America

This morning, fresh from her Ames, Iowa Straw Poll Victory, Michele Bachmann went on Meet the Press to get interviewed, and ended up getting grilled by David Gregory about Gay Marriage:

Michele Bachmann: "I Don't Judge Gays"

Besides David Gregory's heavy-handed and lumbering interview style, what did you see in this video?

I saw Michele Bachmann, her ever-radiant self, standing up for her beliefs and trying to ease the conversation back to what is really important for America, but Gregory decided he didn't want that. He kept pressing the issue and grilling her about her stance on Gay Rights.

Gregory played some old tape of Bachmann at a 2004 National Education Leadership Conference, which included these remarks:

“If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous.

We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders.”

Bachmann stood by her statements. Once again, she tried to weave the subject back to things that are important in America at the moment, like the Economy and Barack Obama's disregard for American Citizens, but her kept right on pressing the point.

According to LQBTQNation, Bachmann "appearing on CNN’s 'State of the Union' on Sunday, Bachmann said she would revisit the military ban on openly gay service members, which is due to be formally repealed on September 20 after 18 years in force.

'The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy has worked very well,' Bachmann said. 'I would be in consultation with our commanders, but yes, I probably will' reinstate the ban, she told CNN."

 

 

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  • Interesting blog. Here's the counterpoint. Your right to a set of religious and moral beliefs is guaranteed by the first amendment. So is your right to vocally oppose gay marriage, and to post about it online. However, you have no such right to codify those beliefs into U.S. and Illinois law. Laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act exist to make the religious beliefs of some Americans federal law. You yourself note that gay marriage is an affront to the beliefs of many Americans, and that your Lutheran upbringing has taught you that homosexuality is sinful. These laws violate the establishment clause of the 1st amendment and are unconstitutional. The federal government may not establish or promote any religious belief. And that is why Ms. Bachmann's thoughts on gay marriage are relevant and are absolutely fair game during the upcoming campaign. Her opinions are relevant because she has stated that, if she is elected President, she will seek to put the teeth of legislation behind laws that promote a specific religious perspective. And that is reason enough not to vote for her.

  • The issue is Civil Rights. People's religious beliefs need to be checked at the door when this subject comes up.

    Marriage is a legal contract that two individuals enter into. It conveys rights to share property, rights to make decisions when one partner is incapacitated, and rights of succession. It also conveys tax benefits. Marriage, from a legal perspective, has absolutely nothing to do with religion!

    Denying two individuals this legal right because certain lawmakers (read right wingers) are making a judgment (remember, judge not lest ye be judged) that is not based on law, but rather, based on bigotry. Spin it any way you like it, but it's fueled by judgment, intolerance, and hatred - all actions that your religion teaches against.

    You are entitled to your opinion, but your position is indefensible under the law. It's doubly true for re-instating DADT - there is no evidence that gay soldiers aren't every bit as patriotic or capable as straight soldiers and that straight soldiers won't serve alongside them. This issue has been settled and our country is moving forward.

    Michelle Bachmann - and all others like her - fail in an understanding of the law and Christian compassion. That's a dangerous combination for anyone who wants to be the leader of ALL the people of the US.

  • With all due respect to your right to an opinion on this matter, it is sad that in 2011, one not only holds such bigoted views, but feels comfortable broadcasting them. Conservatives are lambasted for their views regarding gays (when they are in line with yours-or worse) because it qualifies as unfounded discrimination-and is no different than discrimination based on race or handicap, or gender, etc. And please don't give me the "choice" argument-science vehemently disagrees with such a position, and I'll side with science-per usual, on this matter. And as has already been stated or alluded to-maybe you don't feel this matter is pressing or of direct importance (those in the LGBT community may disagree), but one's pious position of interolance regarding i,t undoubtedly speaks to a general black and white...and therefore dangerous mindset- which IMO, is ill advised to address those issues/concerns which may be considered by some, like yourself, to be (conspiciously) more important.

  • *ill-equipped as opposed to ill-advised, but you got the point

  • So you think people who just want their full civil rights are persecuting you? Really?

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    "I wholeheartedly agree that we shouldn't judge gays."
    "I do believe they are leading a morally-wrong lifestyle."
    This sounds like judgement to me...

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    All the erudite arguments have already been made. Have you looked in the mirror since puberty? Bill Shakespeare said it best, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks". And I am not talking about Bachmann...

  • "I wholeheartedly agree that we shouldn't judge gays.

    But at the same time, as I believe Miss Bachmann has said before, that doesn't mean we should tolerate them and welcome them."

    I just wanted to point out, once again, what a hypocrite you are just in these two sentences alone.

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