Michele Bachmann 2012 Republican Candidate:
Update: January 2012
Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the Iowa Caucus.
Michele Bachmann is the first Republican congresswoman to be elected from the state of Minnesota. Michele is a Tea Party favorite and espouses many conservative views.
Michele Bachmann: Being Gay is a Very Sad Life:
In a speech Michele Bachmann gave in 2004 at an Edwatch (now defunct) National education conference she said about gays and lesbians:
“It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think to say, 'This is gay.' It’s anything but gay. It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because 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.”
Michele Bachmann on Gay Marriage:
Michele Bachmann is opposed to same-sex marriage. In an interview with Meet the Press
she said, "My view on marriage is that I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that’s what I stand for. But I ascribe honor and dignity to every person no matter what their background. They have honor and they have dignity."
Bachmann helped author an anti-gay marriage amendment that will be on the ballot in Minnesota in 2012.
She says she is opposed to gay marriage in Iowa and repeatedly states that same-sex marriage is not the law of the land, even though it is legal in six states.
Michele Bachmann Doesn't Think Anti-Gay Bullying is an Issue:
Despite the fact that there have been a rash of youth suicides in her district, at least four of whom were bullied for being perceived to be gay, Michele Bachmann says the government has no responsibility in these matters. When asked by a constituent what she plans to do about LGBT teen suicides, Michele Bachmann replied, “That’s not a federal issue.”
Source: The Washington Blade
Michele Bachmann on Don't Ask, Don't Tell:
Michele Bachmann does not support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military and was quoted in the Minnesota Independent
as saying, "I would reinstate the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
policy. It worked before and what it says is the issue of sexuality is one that doesn’t come up and people aren’t allowed to be open about it because the United States military is unique, its not a social experiment.”
Michele Bachmann's Conversion Therapy Center:
Not only is Michele Bachmann opposed to granting gays and lesbians rights, she and her husband Marcus co-own a Christian counseling center that practices reparative therapy
, which attempts to change gay and lesbian people into heterosexuals via counseling and prayer. Most professional counseling organizations like the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association denounce reparative therapy as not only highly unsuccessful, but as harmful.
Marcus Bachmann, in a radio interview called gay people barbarians. "It is as if we need to understand barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined and just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn't mean that we're supposed to go down that road."
Michele Bachmann has a family friend, Janet Boynes, who has written a book Called Out, where she claims to have been "cured" from being a lesbian. Marcus Bachmann has endorsed Boynes' book saying "Janet is a friend. I recommend this book as she speaks to the heart of the matter and gives practical insights of truth to set people free." (source: ABC News)