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07/12/2011

Michele Bachmann doesn't want to talk about gays; now's not time for a career first

by Jeremy Hooper

Michele Bachmann is of course all over the national stage these days, dancing her way to the top ranks of her party. But for LGBT people and their allies, this omnipresence is nothing new. For those of us who engage in this so-called "culture war," Bachmann was very much on our minds back when she was but a state senator. And the reason why? Well, because she, on her own accord, chose to turn gay people and their ring fingers into her political bread and butter, banking on marriage discrimination as a way to take her through the Bush years and beyond. And she did it all in ways so outspoken and major that both pro- and anti-equality forces nationwide had no choice but to take notice.

So it's beyond offensive now, here in 2011, when the mainstream media actually wants to talk about some of the anti-gay/pro-"ex-gay" stuff that's been bubbling behind the scenes, for the Congresswoman and White House hopeful to act as if she can just shoo off the scrutiny with a few words about properly placed priorities. That's essentially what the candidate tried to do yesterday in Iowa, when confronted by ABC News about the "ex-gay" advocacy. She talked about job creation and the focus on the public, yet failed to offer anything substantive in the way of the gay human beings that she has targeted. Failed to answer for what she and her husband have chosen to put on the record.

But wait a second -- this is someone who sent around a mass email saying that those Minnesota senators who ignored her warnings about same-sex marriage would be like those soldiers who ignored warnings regarding Pearl Harbor. Someone who went on radio shows claiming that same-sex marriage legalizes "sexual anarchy." Someone who's said, “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement." Someone who proudly endorses "ex-gays" who've escaped the "bondage of sin." Someone who has quite literally fostered a career on these kinds of misplaced priorities:

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So now that the cat is out of the bag, Michele Bachmann is hoping that same cat will hold her tongue? Sorry, Congresswoman -- but no. We're having this conversation!

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