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Michelle Bachmann Would Support US Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage


Michelle Bachmann appeard on "Fox News Sunday" this morning speaking about her support for the marriage equality law sanctioned by New York's state legislature this weekend. Said Bachmann: "It’s state law. And the 10th amendmet reserves to the states that right."

But she also said that she would support a federal constitutional amendment that would reverse same-sex marriage in the country, thus banning it from the states in which it is currently legal. The Hill points out that Bachmann, who has been a consistent advocate for state's rights, is full of contradictions on the issue.

Rep. Bachmann claimed that while New York's new law approving same-sex marriages which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday was "up to the people of New York", the debate over defining marriage was "a state issue and a federal issue." She added that "federal law will trump state law on this issue."

"States have, under the 10th Amendment, the right to pass any law they like. Also, federal officials at the federal level have the right to also put forth a constitutional amendment", said Bachmann.

She said her support for states' rights as well as a federal amendment was "entirely consistent".

In a New Hampshire debate for 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls on June 13, Bachmann had been asked about a state law allowing gay people to marry. At that forum she said "I do believe in the 10th amendment and I do believe in self-determination for the states."

Watch a clip of her appearance on "Fox News Sunday", AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Bachmann never lets us down. She's still nuttier than a fruitcake while remaining a real possibility as the Rethuglican presidential nominee. Just look at the latest Iowa poll and remember what today constitutes the base of the Rethuglican party. It's truly amazing what "they" believe in.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 26, 2011 12:05:47 PM

  2. Good thing Crazy Eyes will never get near the Oval Office.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 26, 2011 12:13:33 PM

  3. but....have you seen her husband?


    Posted by: Xopher | Jun 26, 2011 12:23:20 PM

  4. Of course she's in complete contradiction. She is tea bag panhandler for Jeebus. She'll say anything to suck up to anyone who might thow her a bone...

    Posted by: Ugh! | Jun 26, 2011 12:24:46 PM

  5. so this basically translates to:

    "I believe in letting the states do what they want, unless it's something I don't want, in which case I'll take the thing that the state wants away. Neener neener neener."

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 26, 2011 12:33:15 PM

  6. If you look closely at her eyes,you can almost see the squirrels running round inside her skull.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jun 26, 2011 12:35:53 PM


    Posted by: tom | Jun 26, 2011 12:38:30 PM

  8. Yeah it's interesting how she's moved away from her comments at the first debate where she was pretty vocal about it being a states' rights issue. I think she thought hearing "states' rights" would give the teabaggers a bunch of hard ons. Then realized that when it comes to the gays, they aren't happen even if New York gays can get married!

    She'd also support a constitutional amendment banning witchcraft and magic-8 balls if she thought it would get her votes.

    And frankly, she's doing well in Iowa because Iowa Republicans are notoriously socially conservative (voted for Huckabee) and she was born in Iowa, so they probably see her as the hometown girl. At the end of the day, she's still a point behind Romney there, which tells you just how likely it is she will win the whole kit and kaboodle. Very unlikely.

    The Republican establishment hates Romney, but at this point, they don't really have another viable candidate for the general election. So I expect him to lose Iowa barely to her, win New Hampshire and then take her out and they'll be forced to get their ducks in a row for a Romney ticket.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 26, 2011 12:39:55 PM

  9. I believe in letting states do what they want because a) it's Constitutional b) the Federal government imposes all these rules that require the states to pony up money they don't have for them like that stupid No Child Left Behind Crap and c) it is easier to govern a small area effectively than it is to make one-size-fits all legislation.

    This recession has made it nearly impossible for poor states to keep up financially with all these Federal laws. Either kick back money to the states or STFU

    That said, Bachmann is a nightmare. What does she care about gay marriage? She's not gay and no one is forcing her to marry a woman.

    Posted by: Rin | Jun 26, 2011 12:41:53 PM

  10. please promote as much hate as possible crazy eyes. it'll make people rise up and smite you at the polls that much harder.

    Posted by: Sean | Jun 26, 2011 12:44:48 PM

  11. So as a Tea Party-backed candidate, she supposedly espouses less Federal interference in state issues - except where states have made decisions she disagrees with. Hmm. And, she has no qualms about using the Constitution to restrict the rights of American citizens (as in take away the rights of gays to marry), when the Tea Party considers the Constitution a sacred document that was written to grant certain rights to Americans. Many of them feel it is sacrosanct and should not be tampered with.

    Even if I was a Tea Party member I don't think I could reconcile those varying positions. She's attempting to pander to too many constituencies, a strategy that I predict will ultimately fail.

    Posted by: glh1782 | Jun 26, 2011 12:51:39 PM

  12. "Michelle Bachmann appeard on "Fox News Sunday" this morning speaking about her support for the marriage equality law sanctioned by New York's state legislature this weekend." This sentence is very imprecise. She most definitely does not "support . . . the marriage equality law sanctioned by New York's legislature this weekend." She MAY support the right of New York's legislature to pass that law but she most definitely does not support the law.

    Posted by: Patric | Jun 26, 2011 12:57:18 PM

  13. People who vote for Michelle Bachmann need to go back on their medication ASAP.

    Posted by: RandyN | Jun 26, 2011 1:00:11 PM

  14. Guess I'll not vote for that one either - not that there was much chance of that happenning anyway!

    Posted by: Charlie | Jun 26, 2011 1:03:39 PM

  15. The Constitutional amendment Bachmann and all her ilk long for is the one that will mandate their highly selective interpretation of the Christian Bible through legislation.

    But of course the media must turn a blind eye to that, since anything else would violate their unspoken agreement to never criticize religion as such. We must go on pretending that it's possible to be a Christofascist patriot hell bent on establishing a theocracy, despite the fact that the Constitution's clear prohibition of just that makes it an oxymoron.

    It's difficult to think of a more insidious, blatant, anti-democratic philosophy than "there is no higher law than God's law," but don't expect to ever hear that in any of our media.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 26, 2011 1:19:03 PM

  16. What a witch.

    But this is red meat for fundraising. Bush already tried this and failed. She would too.

    Posted by: Max | Jun 26, 2011 2:01:35 PM

  17. "Michelle Bachmann Against Freedom and Equality" -- how is this news?

    Posted by: X | Jun 26, 2011 2:15:17 PM

  18. It's a nightmare: Bachman and her ilk are so terrified of Muslims, "illegal aliens," "activist judges," and "special interests" (all functionally defined as anything left of Attila the Hun) that they're completely willing to tear down the USA and build a nation on the idea of christian shari'a law. Basically, thoughtful and courageous people need to point out and call them on their baseless fear-mongering.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jun 26, 2011 2:19:32 PM

  19. let's gaslight her. we'll get a bunch of gayboys dressed in viewed to follow her around talking fake Arabic gibberish. By the time she runs to the cameras the dancing Arab women are revealed to be gay men. Motto: I'd rather be mistaken for a Muslim than a bigot.

    Posted by: frank | Jun 26, 2011 2:33:02 PM

  20. "viewed" should be "burqas"

    Posted by: frank | Jun 26, 2011 2:35:37 PM

  21. When you make Sarah Palin seem cogent and sensible, you know you've reached your contribution capacity. Face it, the only female more crazy than Michelle Bachmann in national politics today is Sally Kern. And they are running neck and neck in turd collections behind the other mares.

    Perversely, I'm always amused by Bachmann because her crazy is for real,unlike you sense, some of the others who do it to pander for votes. Are we sure she hasn't suffered bleeding on the brain? She's that dafy and still seems to be able to dress herself.

    I wish Michelle would get the nomination from the Republicans. I know ardent Republicans that would then vote for Obama. They think she's that crazy and I love brining up her name and watching them throw up in their mouths.

    And I would love for her to bring up a constitutional amendment, love it! She seems to be the only one unaware that the tide has shifted and will keep shifting. It would fail, fail miserably and she would suffer the fallout from that, which would be akin to watching a watching a witch burn at the stake. Face it, she's so crazy that she turns off any sensible person, and though we may be a thin majority in this country anymore, sensible people still eek out the loud and daffy crazy assholes that have taken over the public debate (often on both sides) in this country.

    I'm supporting a Republican nomination for the Presidency. Now how do I change my party declaration so I can make that happen?

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 26, 2011 2:40:41 PM

  22. She is the perfect politician - she evaded most all the questions and didn't provide a direct answer to direct questions. As usual, the blind teabagger leading the flock of lemmings.

    Posted by: TxBearCub | Jun 26, 2011 3:01:04 PM

  23. Of course, if we reach the point in this country where this amendment (and maybe others) are likely to pass, then it will finally be time to pack up and leave. The only other option will be secession of the states, which may not be so unthinkable as it once was.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jun 26, 2011 3:22:55 PM

  24. Nothing surprises me about Bachmann. After all this is the woman who was photographed hiding behind some bushes, spying on a gay protest. The more you learn about her, the strangers she seems.
    For example, her background is very suspect. Her only real qualification is Oral Roberts University and a very dubious degree from William and Mary that had a lot of people scratching their heads. Her husband calls himself a doctor but he is nothing of the kind and takes states funding to "cure" gay people with the power of prayer. One look at him and he is a "before" shot of a walking scandal.

    For more information about the Bachmanns check out this article.

    Posted by: dylan goff | Jun 26, 2011 3:24:51 PM

  25. Evil.

    Posted by: WildGift | Jun 26, 2011 3:27:16 PM

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