Bachmann: Gays ‘can marry a woman if they’re a man’

By David Edwards
Thursday, December 1, 2011 14:09 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachman says it’s fine for a gay man to get married — as long as it’s to a woman.

During a town hall event in Iowa Wednesday, Jane Schmidt, president of Waverly High School Gay-Straign Alliance, asked the candidate why same sex couples couldn’t get married.

“They can get married,” Bachmann explained. “They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.”

“Why can’t a man marry a man?” Schmidt wondered.

“Because that’s not the law of the land,” Bachmann insisted. “[T]hey have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same sex marriage.”

“So you won’t support the LGBT community?” Schmidt pressed.

“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,” the Minnesota Republican replied.

Bachmann is at least wrong about one thing: Same sex marriage is “the law of the land” in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont and Washington, D.C.

Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube Nov. 30, 2011.

Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

(H/T: Towleroad)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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