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08/08/2011

Ms. Focus: Bachmann waves aside that which built her national profile

by Jeremy Hooper

Rep. Michele Bachmann has signed the National Organization For Marriage's "protect marriage" pledge, vowing to do any and everything within her theoretical executive power to stop peaceful equality for same-sex couples. And of Screen Shot 2011-08-08 At 9.53.18 Amcourse as a Minnesota state senator, she was front and center of the push to put a discriminatory marriage amendment in that state's constitution, accusing colleagues who didn't vote for her biased bill of acting like soldiers whose complacency led to the Pearl Harbor tragedy. In fact, Bachamann pretty much built her national profile on the back of anti-LGBT views, with comments like the one where she called the "sexual dysfunction" of gayness "part of Satan, I think," the one where she suggested that same-sex marriage legalizes "sexual anarchy," or the instance when she contributed this nugget: “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement" (to name but a few). Plus there's also her (and her husband's "ex-gay" advocacy), which the congresswoman only firmed up when she provided a blurb for "ex-gay" Janet Boyne's book -- one where she framed Boynes' supposed "change" as freedom "from the bondage of sin."

So you really have to wonder why now-presidential-candidate Bachmann thinks the American public was collectively born yesterday:

Bachmann cut off an interview last week as she was being asked a question about gay marriage and emphasized that she is focused on rebuilding the economy and repealing federal health care reform.

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I'm not involved in light, frivolous matters," she said. "I'm not involved in fringe or side issues. I'm involved in serious issues."
Bachmann: outspoken, faith-driven [Concord Monitor]
(H/t: Politico)

"Not involved" in fringe or side issues pertaining to things like marriage? That's like Walt Disney coming back from the grave and claiming he's not involved in helping modern actors show up on set without makeup or wardrobe. Like Steve Jobs claiming he's not involved in the compact disc's demise. Like leaders of the "birther" movement claiming they're not involved in questioning whether Hawaii circa 1961 was one less "It's a Boy" balloon less than heretofore thought. And so on and so forth.

Those who have so undeniably been involved in cynical, political "culture warring" have wounded countless many. These same folks are not allowed to wash their hands of these games, as if the years of hardship was nothing more than a reality TV show that's run it's course. Our generation has been forever changed by these deeply divisive attempts to mine electability from the crude ore of discrimination. Our politics have been terribly muddied. Countless same-sex couples have been deemed legally "not involved" by the same government with which these couples have entered an unbreakable financial contract. Those who have crafted this reality must deal with it. Michele Bachmann is at the front of that pack.

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