She was attending a cozy little Town Hall meeting only to be asked a question by Jane Schmidt who is head of her high school Gay Straight Alliance. The question was:
"What would you do to help protect GSAs in high school and protect the LGSBT community?"
The answer came back from the Republican chasing her party's nomination as Presidential Candidate:
"All of us have the same civil rights...There shouldn’t be any special rights or any special set of criteria. We all have the same civil rights."
The teen came back with a sharp follow up question:
"So, why can’t same-sex couples get married?"
The start of the congresswoman's response was shocking:
"They can get married..."
What? I though she was opposed to gay marriage saying things like "I do support a constitutional amendment on marriage between a man and a woman, but I would not be going into the states to overturn their state law."
but she carried on:
"...but they abide by the same laws as everyone else; they can marry a man if they’re a woman, or a woman if they’re a man."
Ah that sadly is more like her.
But hang on a cotton pickin' minute. What about those women who marry those gay men, or those men who marry those lesbians? What about them. Do they have rights to have a happy family life from the family loving Bachmann? Do they have the right not to have to deal with their spouse spending time at the gym or golf club or sewing circle or choir or whatever with their same sex friends without fretting about a relapse? Do they have the right not to have to deal the physiological issues of their spouse constantly denying who they are?
This of course has nothing whatsoever to do with the considerations of the Lesbian or Gay individual that Bachmann is forcing to be Bisexual when they may not identify as that.
Forcing people to hide their sexuality and go into a marriage of convenience for the sake of fitting in is what people did before we accepted that is was natural for some of us to be attracted to those of the same sex; and desire to form a permanent sexual bound with that individual.
Surely Bachmann's proposal contravene the First and Eighth Amendments of the US Bill of Rights. The first is freedom of speech and expression, she is denying that expression through the right to assemble in the bedroom with the partner of their choice. The eighth surely inflicting this cruel and unusual punishment as excessive to be able to benefit from all the civil rights as she is advocating.
Below is the exchange captured on YouTube and note the lack of overwhelming applause for Bachmann's comments.