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Michele Bachmann Polishes Her Anti-Gay Credentials in Iowa

During a speech for the conservative right-wing, anti-gay group The Family Leader at a Christian high school in Pella, Iowa, Michele Bachmann called Planned Parenthood the "LensCrafters of big abortion" and slammed same-sex marriage, reiterating her support for the anti-gay campaign that ousted three pro-equality Supreme Court judges last November.

She later took her speech to the University of Iowa. Listen to audio (via Good as You) from the U of Iowa speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Politico reports on the Pella speech: M_bachmann

Comfortably quoting from scripture, the Minnesota congresswoman said it was her faith that drove her to push for a ballot measure to criminalize same-sex marriage in the state — something she said might be possible this year because both state legislative houses are held by Republicans.

"In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women," Bachmann said during the latest installment of the Iowa Family Leader's presidential lecture series. "Not one in 5000 years of recorded human history. That's an astounding fact and it isn't until the last 12 years or so that we have seen for the first time in recorded human history marriage defined as anything other than between men and between women."

Bachmann also repeated language she used in March, referring to the Supreme Court judges as "black-robed masters".

"That's what you had here in Iowa: black-robed masters," Bachmann said. "They are not our masters. They are not our morality. They are not put there to make the decisions."

The Press-Citizen reports that Bachmann was heckled on a separate visit to the University of Iowa:

The Minnesota congresswoman asked the hecklers, who were UI students, including one with a sign that said "Desensitized homosexual: I am better at what I do because I am gay," to wait to speak until a question-and-answer period. The predominantly supportive audience of about 200 applauded.

Soon, Bachmann, who has not yet indicated if she will run for president, took a question before aides escorted two protesters out.

"How much oil do you want?" said Jenny Watkins, 22, a UI senior who also raised questions about the rape of women and took issue with Bachmann's stance against homosexuality.

Bachmann, who also spoke Monday in Pella, responded in stride that, "I want a lot more oil than we have now. The only difference is I don't want it to be coming from the Middle East. I want it to be coming from (American soil)."

Listen to audio (via Good as You) from the U of Iowa speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. May that bi**h get hit by a bus!

    Posted by: Scooterpie | Apr 12, 2011 8:56:13 AM

  2. She is just a dumb piece of s..t.
    The possible shutdown of the government has shown to world that American politics are made in kindergarden... see PIMCO.

    Posted by: Martin FLL | Apr 12, 2011 9:18:43 AM

  3. Well, she lacks a soul.

    But she also just incorrect. I'm no historian, but gay marriage was sanctioned by the church some parts of Europe during various periods in even I think the middle ages. I mean, I don't have the details handy, but I do know her "5,000" years claim is just flat-out inaccurate. Also, you could have made similar claims about the inherent naturalness of slavery up until, say, the late 1800s.

    She's an idiot. And she doesn't care what the truth is; she's just willing to prey on the ignorance already propogated by this nation's powerful clerics--all to seize power for herself.

    Thing is, if we look to religion and the past 5000 years for how we should live and design our laws now, she hardly has a leg to stand on to expect respect as a female. I mean, she's anti-gay, so as a woman she announces her hatred of her own gender--but she sure seems happy to rest on what feminism has done for her so far. Hypocritical hate, in full force, again...

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 12, 2011 9:19:30 AM

  4. "In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women,"

    Well then I guess it's about time they did!

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Apr 12, 2011 9:21:32 AM

  5. It would be nice to have some good documented evidence to challenge inaccurate statements such as her statement that "in 500 years of recorded human history...neither in the east or in the west...has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between a man and a woman."

    Posted by: rayrayj | Apr 12, 2011 9:24:18 AM

  6. Well remember, being a Fundie she believes that the earth is only 2000 years old.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 12, 2011 9:33:14 AM

  7. Where did she study history? This woman is out of control.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 12, 2011 9:41:27 AM

  8. Oh, Michelle Fuckman. You're such a pretty girl with your coiffed head of henna. May all your sons turn out to be gay, dear apple strudel.

    Posted by: brian | Apr 12, 2011 9:43:12 AM

  9. Somebody needs to send her a copy of John Boswell's book 'Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe'......

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 12, 2011 9:51:23 AM

  10. The Romans, at least one Chinese dynasty and various American Indian tribes had ceremonies for same-sex unions. They didn't have the same legal standing, but they were socially recognized to some degree.

    And yeah, there is some anecdotal evidence of such unions even from the early Christian church.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 12, 2011 10:02:33 AM

  11. Maybe someone should inform this stupid b**ch how a little something called judicial review was pretty much invented by Alexander Hamilton and has been a cornerstone of the American Republic from the very beginning.

    Posted by: MT | Apr 12, 2011 10:08:50 AM

  12. What an idiot. Thankfully we're still evolving after 5000 years. Hopefully her species will die out soon.

    Posted by: Name: | Apr 12, 2011 10:12:31 AM

  13. "Big abortion"?
    Sounds like the party line of "big stupid"...

    Posted by: D Gregory Smith | Apr 12, 2011 10:30:08 AM

  14. This woman is far more dangerous than Sarah Palin ever was. Mike Triggs, former Executive Director of the Minnesota Republican Party

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Apr 12, 2011 10:40:04 AM

  15. She has a case of "invincible ignorance" and it is usually incurable, unfortunately. Target Corporation and its executives keeps on giving her money though.

    Posted by: Matt F | Apr 12, 2011 10:41:12 AM

  16. She's pandering to a core group of fundamentalists. Her problem is she can't turn it off and so won't attract wide appeal. Mike Huckabee had the same problem--strong in Iowa, a dead cow in other states.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 12, 2011 11:35:32 AM

  17. She won't make it. She even LOOKS crazy...

    Posted by: Chopsie | Apr 12, 2011 1:03:59 PM

  18. As long as gay men "knew their place" and were no threat to them, straight women stayed quiet and were relatively non-homophobic. But with the very real possibility of the demise of the taboo against male homosexuality now in sight, many of them have begun to feel threatened and are lashing out accordingly, this woman being a prime example. Demise of that taboo would, of course, free most men from emotional and sexual dependence on women, as the natural bisexual tendencies of most men re-asserted themselves (as they have done throughout history in societies where homosexuality was more or less acceptable).....and thereby threaten straight women's primary source of power.

    So it does not really surprise me to see the Bachmans and the Palins and the Gallaghers having become the loudest homophobic voices in society, even as straight men increasingly support our cause (see the Alan Simpson story on this page).

    A natural progression, if you ask me....

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2011 3:07:42 PM

  19. well, lets leave the gay marriage aside, she has no brain so she can't understand it...Just for the fact of being a woman and fight for a right all women should have( I think abortion is wrong, but my opinion shouldn't stop women for having the right to chose conceiving a child) of being safe a cared of when abortion is their option...But who said she has a brain to understand this also????

    Posted by: Claudio Castro | Apr 12, 2011 3:15:02 PM

  20. Isn't it contradictory to say that the "black-robed masters" can't dictate our morality while upholding that they can dictate the morality of people as long as it bans the republican caucus-friendly granting of benefits to same-sex couples that are granted to heterosexual couples?

    Posted by: Nick | Apr 12, 2011 8:17:30 PM

  21. Judges "are not put there to make the decisions"? LOL Wow, is she just bananas. Judges are there to interpret the Constitutionality of laws -- something that, thanks to legislators like this crazy wingnut, they get wrong all the time.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Apr 13, 2011 8:30:12 AM

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