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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. Notice how this stupid d-bag only campaigns in the mid west states. She’d be booed and made to look like a uneducated moron that she really is,If ever came to the east coast.
    Such a coward, just like Palin. They dodge the intellectuals in the blue states!
    The strategy is stir the pot with ma and pa kettle in tim buck too, only to get the votes.
    Sad world we live in!

    Posted by: Keke | Dec 1, 2011 1:35:22 PM

  2. The disconnect, among many, is that she thinks of being gay ONLY as a sexual practice and only as a choice. She does not understand the difference between being and doing when it comes to this. You could see she literally couldn't comprehend the question since it challenged her world view. We're all deviants to her.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 1, 2011 2:00:21 PM

  3. Oh I agree with Michell!

    We should all have the same civil rights.

    If Michelle Bachman can marry a gay man, then any American should have the right to marry a gay man.

    Posted by: Jexer | Dec 1, 2011 2:51:09 PM

  4. When Marcus finally comes out of the closet and leaves this woman, exposing her for the fraud she is, she'll be isolated, marginalized and shamed. She'll play the victim, crying like Anita Bryant and Tammy Fae did when their empires came crashing down - and i can't wait.

    Posted by: Grego | Dec 1, 2011 3:21:35 PM

  5. ARGH! If gay people were able to marry someone of the same sex, straight people would also be able to do so! It wouldn't be a special right!

    Posted by: jzimbert | Dec 1, 2011 3:39:21 PM

  6. So, if (in the blind mind) homosexuality is a choice and can't be protected by "special rights", how about that annoying little Constitutional religious choice thing? Though she would probably rescind that oppressively anti-Christian law, as well.. since Muslims now, are the only ones with religious freedom in this country.
    Is this really a joke?? and we just don't get it?

    Posted by: dixichuk | Dec 1, 2011 4:07:53 PM

  7. It sounds a lot like this to me:

    Bachmann: Milk is very good for people, so we're only going to serve milk in school cafeterias from now on, nothing else, not even water.

    "But what about people who are lactose intolerant?"

    Bachmann: People do not get special privileges based on their milk-drinking practices. We all have the same rights.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 1, 2011 4:50:11 PM

  8. And the law used to be that you had to marry someone of the same race. There was no "special right" it was the law. They had the same right as everyone else, to marry, just someone of the same race.

    Posted by: SCollingsworth | Dec 1, 2011 4:52:45 PM

  9. Oh, and she wants to get rid of the Department of Education because, as she says, there was no Federal Department of Education when she was growing up... Um... isn't that a reason to KEEP it? I mean I seriously don't want my children to have the tenuous grasp on history that SHE has.

    Posted by: SCollingsworth | Dec 1, 2011 4:55:47 PM

  10. Bravo to the kids and others who questioned her.

    But i have a question- and someone who works in PR might be able to answer this- so many of these far-right candidates have stated they disagreed completely with Lawrence vs. Texas- why don't people question them about their desire to re-criminalize homosexuality? They try to come off as "fair" to everyone-by saying every American has the same basic rights- so any independents who have doubts might be assured. However, if -like Santorum, they derided Lawrence- why don't we start phrasing the debate that way?

    I understand talking about gay sex can make even our allies uncomfortable- but if its worded like "Do you support re-criminalizing gay couples who are intimate together?" or "Would you appoint a Supreme Court judge who would overturn Lawrence, and prosecute gay people?"

    Marriage is important, and they need to be called out- but that's the danger with these loonies- they not only don't believe in marriage equality- they really want to return to the days of being arrested for being gay.

    so- maybe somebody knows- why aren't these questions asked?

    Posted by: scott | Dec 1, 2011 7:03:07 PM

  11. Luckily *MOST* Americans are bright enough to realise this vermin, like her fellow idiot - Sarah Palin, are incapable of managing their own homes, let alone the country.

    Posted by: Johncnnj | Dec 1, 2011 7:55:24 PM

  12. RIK, you're right Obama believes in marriage = man / woman
    But Obama won't stop two men or two women from getting married. That's the point. He may not agree with it but he won't fight you on it. Now ask Bachmann that and see if she would try and stop yours.

    My problem is this, she says no special classifications yet religion time and time again is protected. If we "choose" to be gay I also choose to be catholic. Why am I protected for being a catholic? I'd love for someone to ask her to state on the air that she will fight to remove All protections from employment, housing and crime. Base everyone as humans. No race, sex, religion nothing. Think she'll do it?

    Posted by: George M | Dec 1, 2011 10:14:53 PM

  13. "you have the right ... to BE LIKE ME."

    Posted by: deusxmac | Dec 2, 2011 12:50:20 AM

  14. Arguing with Michelle Bachmann is like arguing with a brick wall. Besides, she is not going to be president anyway!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Dec 2, 2011 2:37:39 AM

  15. Ah, the Demon Moron from Hell once again demonstrates her complete misunderstanding of civil rights. Well, she certainly knows all about gay men marrying a woman! Michelle, dear crazy lady, we don't want to copy your sad, twisted life example. Off to the loony bin with you. I can never get around how this batshit crazy person is in Congress.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Dec 2, 2011 4:23:01 AM

  16. Please, please, please, read the Constitution and clearly understand that this has nothing to do with the Department of Education, it has everything to do with the establishment clause of the Constitution, this woman is an idiot (preaching to the choir, no pun intended) and should be railroaded off of the media and out of this race. UGH!!!

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 2, 2011 5:56:14 PM

  17. Although I am well aware of the fact that you cannot argue with this close-minded, bigoted and ignorant (not to mention completely oblvious to the fact that she is married to a man that is gayer than the entire lot of us) monster, I would have loved to challenge her on one simple point. If the Government has no right to invade a citizen's personal choice of religion, why do they have a right to dictate what sex they would prefer to marry? I truly wish the LGBTQ community, along with their straight allies, would stand up to these bigots and quit allowing them to treat us so disrepsectfully so publicly. If she dared to even insinuate the same arguments about interracial marriage, it would be major national news plastered in bold, all-caps headlines on every newpaper and be the lead story on every channel, including Fox News. Not only would she have no choice but to backtrack, she would also be bowing out of the Presidential race within 24 hours of her statements. Her comments are unacceptable and we as citizens of the United States of America need to buck up and demand respect. I truly believe that we are so used to being treated like trash that, although we do fight, we don't fight near as ferociously as we should. Enough is enough. Prejudicial and hateful comments that are thinly cloaked behind the veil of religion towards the LGBTQ community should be unacceptable to the point that even the utterance of them would be career suicide.

    Posted by: Zac | Dec 3, 2011 3:14:15 AM

  18. Who are the 2 people clapping for everything she says, considering she is a fag hag married a gay guy?

    She's good for entertainment, but she is not going to win.

    I just hope her state kicks her out of government for good.

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 3, 2011 4:27:52 AM

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