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Iowa Students Challenge Michele Bachmann on Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Issues: VIDEO


Here's the MUST-WATCH video of the day. High school student Jane Schmidt challenged Michele Bachmann's position on same-sex marriage at an Iowa campaign stop asking why gays can't marry.

Bachmann responds that gays can marry, they just need to marry the opposite sex!


Schmidt also asked about GSAs.

Another student then asks Bachmann how she would stop Muslims from being ostracized for their faith if she's pushing Christian prayer in public schools.

Finally, someone's asking Bachmann some good questions!

Here's part of the transcript (via the Des Moines Register)

JANE SCHMIDT: One of my main concerns is government support for the LGBT community. So my question is what would you do to protect GSAs in high school and support the LGBT community.

BACHMANN: Well, No. 1, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that’s really what government’s role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn’t be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people’s preferences. We all have the same civil rights.

JANE SCHMIDT: Then, why can’t same-sex couples get married?

BACHMANN: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.

JANE SCHMIDT: Why can’t a man marry a man?

BACHMANN: Because that’s not the law of the land.

JANE SCHMIDT: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.

BACHMANN: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.

JANE SCHMIDT: So you won’t support the LGBT community?

BACHMANN: No, I said that there are no special rights for people based upon your sex practices. There’s no special rights based upon what you do in your sex life. You’re an American citizen first and foremost and that’s it.


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  1. Sad.

    Posted by: David C. | Dec 1, 2011 11:36:24 AM

  2. What in the world do you expect from a woman who's married to a, not so convincingly closeted gay man.

    Michele Bachmann would like nothing more than to have all gays to live in the closet, be quiet about it and pretend there's no such thing as "the gay".

    This probably all started with a lesbian experience for her back in college, you have seen her haircuts from back then, right?!

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 1, 2011 11:38:53 AM

  3. There'sreally no use bothering with this moron. It's well-established that children can pray in school. Schools, however, cannot demand Christianty of their studetns -- whcih is precisely what this hysterical harpie wants.

    She has not chance of being President, but a Repubica-run media will continue to track her every word and pseudo-deed.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 1, 2011 11:39:43 AM

  4. she is a cuntdashion, she could have her pic on the cover of a magazine and have the same headlines.

    Posted by: tominftl | Dec 1, 2011 11:45:31 AM

  5. There is no use even posting this. This bonehead will NEVER get the Republican party nomination. I know she's crazy as hell, but why waste the space to promote her own prejudice and hate?

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 1, 2011 11:46:58 AM

  6. so there are so special privilages by what you do sexually..? REALLY...? Isnt that a LIE....so IF your penis goes in Vagina ie:(sex life) then YOU DO get special privilages.....Hetersexual Privilage-
    see how that works!!!! 

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 1, 2011 11:48:51 AM

  7. Dont worry, I'm pretty sure most of those kids thought she was batsh!t crazy too.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 1, 2011 11:51:02 AM

  8. She's so ridiculous and backwards. And thankfully so far back in the pack no one gives a crap. She can't draw more than 50 people to an event.

    Using Michelle's logic, she's pro-abortion because abortion is the law. She supports it. She also, by her logic, supports the EPA because it exists under the laws of this country.

    Oh but wait...she doesn't.

    Truthfully, if people came into her town hall meetings backwards and told her they were leaving, she would believe it.

    Posted by: Bart | Dec 1, 2011 11:54:44 AM

  9. Why are Christians so obsessed with sex?

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 1, 2011 11:57:55 AM

  10. the main point she wasn't confronted on here is that the law of the land, to use her terms, in Iowa is NOT limiting marriage to only opposite sex couples.

    Posted by: jim morrison | Dec 1, 2011 11:59:53 AM

  11. I have to give some props to Michelle, she's learning how to be a politician and stick to her talking points. It's like watching a Monster's claws grow right in front of your face...

    Kudos to the kids that stuck up for the LGBT community!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Dec 1, 2011 12:01:51 PM

  12. It's impossible to argue with people that have convoluted logic, so what's the point? Based on her logic, interracial marriage should still be banned (because at one time it was the law of the land); and straight people should marry gay people instead of people that are sexually attracted to them. It doesn't get more stupid than that.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Dec 1, 2011 12:02:13 PM

  13. homosexuals have every right to marry--just ask marcus!

    Posted by: h | Dec 1, 2011 12:06:11 PM

  14. This woman makes me miss Sarah Palin.

    Posted by: David | Dec 1, 2011 12:08:26 PM

  15. I really, really would like someone in her district to give me a coherent explanation of why they keep re-electing her.

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 1, 2011 12:08:27 PM

  16. What's unfortunate stems from the "logic" behind her statements: She is saying, as so many of the anti-gay say, that "gay is a choice." There are hundreds of millions of people in the United States and surely someone could come up with some extremely clever way to make huge news of this that won't go away, perhaps with lawsuits. But that's not happening. And not happening, and not happening. So Bachmann -- who, quite honestly, is little more here than a walking, talking rapist of rights -- will continue to use this ILLOGIC to make her point, deliberately and willfully refusing to see that she has advocated the identical logic to a heterosexual's marrying a person of the SAME gender. I am sorry to say, though, that I simply cannot understand, for more than three years now, why this is not fought much, much more vociferously by the pro-gay. Politely asking for your rights is not going to budge these people; I wish -- in some way, somehow, in some form -- the pro-gay would take a cue from the OWS movement. But I know where this leads: I've had argument after argument with pro-gay persons who shoot all this down, thinking they're doing things the right way. When I ask why this has led to so many defeats in so many places for gay rights, ... they start to sound, in addressing that reality ... just like Ms. Bachmann.

    Posted by: Unbelievable | Dec 1, 2011 12:31:08 PM

  17. Man shes stupid.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 1, 2011 12:31:57 PM

  18. Oh! To be in the room! "So, you do support the right of homosexual men to marry congresswomen?"

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 1, 2011 12:33:23 PM

  19. Bachman doesn't acknowledge that gay people exist. She only states that we choose to have sex with people of the same sex. This woman is twisted and dangerous.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 1, 2011 12:34:17 PM

  20. Her immigration laws stance are going to have a problem when they find out she basically said she's okay with green card marriages.

    Posted by: Syrax | Dec 1, 2011 12:43:41 PM

  21. So she supports loveless marriage?

    That is exactly why the current state of marriage is a joke. I can marry a lesbian in Vegas with an Elvis impersonator presiding and that never-consummated, loveless marriage has full government recognition. However if I marry a man I've loved for 20 years it isn't recognized and somehow detrimental to society.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 1, 2011 12:46:16 PM

  22. Of course a gay men can marry a woman.

    Marcus Bachmann did.

    Posted by: Dxx | Dec 1, 2011 12:58:59 PM

  23. Obama believes the same thing.


    Posted by: Rik | Dec 1, 2011 1:03:36 PM

  24. Hey Rik Obama isn't trying to reverse DADT and add a same sex marriage ban to the constitution like ALL the resluglicans support. He isn't perfect but I'll take him any day over the mental midgets that the reslugs have out there.

    Posted by: Akula | Dec 1, 2011 1:25:43 PM

  25. There's a simple counter to the "gays can marry a woman just like other men" and "no special rights" arguments:

    We want to grant everyone an additional right: the right to marry someone of the same sex. That means heterosexual men will have the right to marry another heterosexual man. Whether they exercise that right is up to them. All gay people want to do is give EVERYONE an extra right. Why do you want the government to withhold that right from citizens?

    Posted by: Landon | Dec 1, 2011 1:32:23 PM

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