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Michele Bachmann Signs Anti-Gay Pledge That Claims Homosexuality Is A Choice


Well, that was fast.

Iowa conservatives yesterday asked Republican presidential candidates to sign a pledge that opposes marriage equality, Sharia law and bans pornography. None of those stipulations are that controversial -- not for conservatives, at least.

The document, however, also contends that homosexuality is a choice, rather than a biological trait. I honestly thought, or at least hoped, candidates would be hesitant to back such an inflammatory declaration.

Apparently I was being overly optimistic, because Michele Bachmann, who's married to an "ex-gay" counselor, has already given the pledge her John Hancock.

I sincerely hope that the mainstream media takes her to task on this one, because the "choice" debate is one of the most dangerous and incendiary weapons in the right-wing arsenal, and can be used to justify all sorts of discriminatory measures. If taken to the extreme, it could very well lead to the erection of "reeducation camps," just like the ones Marcus Bachmann runs.

Perhaps that's what Bachmann wants?

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  1. You can't really blame her for thinking homosexuality is a choice. After all, her husband clearly made the choice to pretend to be straight--why can't the rest of us?

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 8, 2011 9:07:59 AM

  2. I hope America quickly sees what a "whore for hate" this evil woman is and that her campaign goes down in spectacular flames. And if it doesn't happen soon, I can only pray that someone shakes the numerous skeletons out of her closet. This trash can not be allowed anywhere near the White House.

    Posted by: Bryant | Jul 8, 2011 9:08:59 AM

  3. Again, no fan of Bachmann, however keep in mind that being pro-traditional marriage and being uninformed about the biological basis of homosexuality is VERY DIFFERENT than being against Sharia Law. Sharia Law is intended to trump our local, state and federal laws...any American should be against Sharia Law. So for this post to imply that being against Sharia Law is a "conservative only" issue is inaccurate at best.

    Posted by: BC | Jul 8, 2011 9:15:04 AM

  4. Bachmann is half-right. Homosexual behavior, like heterosexual behavior, requires the person to make a choice to physically engage in that behavior. However, it is a choice derived from an innate orientation. Thus, the orientation is innate and automatic, the behavior is a choice.

    On the whole, I don't see why heterosexuallky oriented people should be allowed to make choices that we can't.

    Keep in mind, also, that there are choices that can be positive and choices that can be negative. A positive choice affirms you as a person. Thus, a homosexually oriented person will get a tremendous amount of joy and affirmation from engaging in behavior that reflects his orientation. However, if that homosexually oriented person engages in promiscuous behavior (ie many sex partners), the behavior veers to the self-destructive.

    Posted by: adam | Jul 8, 2011 9:17:11 AM

  5. hey,

    have you seen the campaign "#I'm gay" in Brazil?

    The entire country sent pictures.

    Very cute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU3AFlThrdk

    cheers from Brazil :)

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 8, 2011 9:17:43 AM

  6. @Bryant:

    WE are the ones who can shake the skeleton out of her closet. If we wait for the mainstream media to do it we are doomed. Everybody reading here--post these two videos of her flamer of a husband to your facebook pages. Since Marcus sets off EVERYBODY's Gaydar, it will work. Equality minded-straights will see what a sham Michelle's marriage is. Bigoted straights will never elect a pillow-biter as first Lady. Job done! Do it now. (Bonus: second video features gorgeous David Pakman)



    Posted by: Really? | Jul 8, 2011 9:22:18 AM

  7. Just because your husband "chooses" to pretend he's not a big old queen doesn't mean the rest of us are making a choice, Michelle.

    Posted by: gaylib | Jul 8, 2011 9:24:13 AM

  8. When did Bachmann choose to be straight?

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 8, 2011 9:33:29 AM

  9. I refuse to be trapped in this choice argument. It is a phony issue that even many of the rightwing wackos don't really believe. They just use it to put gays on the defensive. And saying "well we don't have a choice" is coming from an incredibly weak defensive position, which is what they want. My response is: why should we have to justify our very right to exist? Why are you harrassing me? What are your plans, if I don't "change". Do you want to harm me? These are the questions we and the media should be insisting on answers for, not attempting to explain why our sexuality is valid, and if we have a right to live.

    Posted by: ralph | Jul 8, 2011 9:37:28 AM

  10. WTF...so the American people she doesn't give a rats ass about such as those that are out of jobs? She would b a screwy president just like Bush!

    Posted by: wyocwboy62 | Jul 8, 2011 9:44:48 AM

  11. Did CNN even cover Bachmann's husband referring to gays as barbarians???

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 8, 2011 9:45:36 AM

  12. LOL - they want to ban Sharia law - which agrees with her on the issue of homosexuality! What a bunch of cretins.

    Posted by: Ted | Jul 8, 2011 9:54:27 AM

  13. Why aren't people responding with the obvious? Religion is a choice too, but Conservative expect their choice to be enshrined, protected, and forced on others.

    Posted by: Pete | Jul 8, 2011 9:54:30 AM

  14. FYI - that pledge also says "a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President."


    Yes, really.

    Posted by: Aaron | Jul 8, 2011 9:59:28 AM

  15. I choose to believe the earth is flat.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 8, 2011 10:00:11 AM

  16. She needs to be stopped.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 8, 2011 10:05:30 AM

  17. I can only fervently hope that this idiot with her "fey" husband will be the republican candidate- Obama would be a shoo-in!

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 8, 2011 10:15:17 AM

  18. I want to sign a pledge stating that stupidity is innate.

    Posted by: Adrian | Jul 8, 2011 10:16:50 AM

  19. I am shocked that the crazy hate filled religious nutjob signed the crazy hate filled religious nutjob pledge. Really?

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 8, 2011 10:27:17 AM

  20. Come on Andrew you're not that woefully naive? Are you? Heck I don't even live in your country but even I can see, read, watch, listen that the GOP want gays to have no rights.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 8, 2011 10:40:38 AM

  21. I agree with "Really?" We need to drive this debate. What is really behind the conviction of homosexuality as a choice? ANYONE who believes this needs to be grilled on how it is a choice for themselves. We know there are are sad, deeply conflicted latent homosexuals behind the most homophobic statements and behaviors. Think about it folks, would a straight man or woman passionately devote their lives to making homosexuality disappear? Most straight people really don't care until the hear their children will be recruited. The louder the scream, the bigger the queen. We need to control this debate!!!

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 8, 2011 10:47:06 AM

  22. another example of the way repuks think about lgbt americans. lcr and goproud your campaign to win repuk hearts is a total failure. they only want your dollars and votes. it is very unfortunate to learn two things 1. most repuks are bigots 3. most repuks are dumb. the party of civil rights has become the party of hate and bigotry.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 8, 2011 10:52:09 AM

  23. If things did come to a "Re-education Camp", can you imagine what a hoot that would be? You put hundreds, nay thousands, of well adjusted gay people, comfortable with who they are and in no way interested in being "changed" together
    in one place, one can only imagine the outcome.

    I'm betting on our side.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Jul 8, 2011 11:08:10 AM

  24. "keep in mind that being pro-traditional marriage and being uninformed about the biological basis of homosexuality is VERY DIFFERENT than being against Sharia Law"

    Actually, the right-wing motivations are quite similar: fear-mongering. This has nothing to do with real Sharia Law. There is zero chance Sharia Law will come to the US. No one is calling for Sharia Law in the US. No one is for it. So to make it a priority in a pledge is simply to stir up anti-Muslim fear and to imply that anyone who doesn't sign their idiotic pledge is somehow pro-Sharia-Law.

    Likewise, they're making homosexuality a priority to stir up anti-gay sentiment and to make anyone who doesn't sign on appear sexually threatening. Ironically, it's a Sharia mindset filtered thru a more palatable (to Americans) Christian zealotry. Anyone who can't see their bogus Sharia pledge for what it is (a deliberate intertwining of gay/muslim/non-white/sexually-deviant i.e. a fabricated dark threat to white Christians) is either very naive or very stupid.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 8, 2011 11:15:14 AM

  25. @DANNY:I want to believe you so I can push as many stupid people off the edge as I can.

    Posted by: Beau | Jul 8, 2011 11:17:48 AM

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