Teenager Confronts Michele Bachmann Over Gay Marriage

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CNN posted an iReport Thursday from a Michele Bachmann town hall in Iowa, where the Presidential candidate was questioned on gay marriage by a teenager, Jane Schmidt, who runs the Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school. She asked Bachmann what she would do to support the LBGT community. Bachmann went into an answer about everyone having the same civil rights, and not giving special treatment to people because of preferences. After some applause from the crowd, Bachmann put the microphone back in Schmidt’s face, where she then asked why same-sex couples can’t get married. Bachmann said that they can, in fact, get married.
“They can get married, but they abide by the same laws as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman, and they can marry a woman if they’re a man.”
This was followed by more applause. Schmidt, who was wearing a toque, pressed Bachmann on same-sex marriage, and Bachmann kept replying that the law says it’s a man and a woman, and that every citizen has a right to marriage under that law. With every answer, Schmidt grew more standoffish, Bachmann remained hovering over her inches away putting the microphone back in her face, and the crowd continued to give awkward scattered applause, making the whole thing uncomfortable to watch. But in a good-for-TV way.

Michele Bachmann | Gay Marriage | Teen Question | VIdeo | Mediaite

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CNN posted an iReport Thursday from a Michele Bachmann town hall in Iowa, where the Presidential candidate was questioned on gay marriage by a teenager, Jane Schmidt, who runs the Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school. She asked Bachmann what she would do to support the LBGT community. Bachmann went into an answer about everyone having the same civil rights, and not giving special treatment to people because of preferences. After some applause from the crowd, Bachmann put the microphone back in Schmidt’s face, where she then asked why same-sex couples can’t get married. Bachmann said that they can, in fact, get married.


This was followed by more applause. Schmidt, who was wearing a toque, pressed Bachmann on same-sex marriage, and Bachmann kept replying that the law says it’s a man and a woman, and that every citizen has a right to marriage under that law. With every answer, Schmidt grew more standoffish, Bachmann remained hovering over her inches away putting the microphone back in her face, and the crowd continued to give awkward scattered applause, making the whole thing uncomfortable to watch. But in a good-for-TV way.

Michele Bachmann | Gay Marriage | Teen Question | VIdeo | Mediaite

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Note to Michele: Not every woman wants to be a beard like you. Thank you.

Trust Bachmann to completely miss the point. Same sex couples do not have equal marital rights. As a lawyer, she should, and more than likely does, know claiming they can marry among the opposite sex is a ridiculous argument. They are consenting adults who are being denied the right to marry each other. Why is it even any of anyone else's business?
 

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Yet another reason to defer our frustration with the president and vote Democratic.
 

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Trust Bachmann to completely miss the point. Same sex couples do not have equal marital rights. As a lawyer, she should, and more than likely does, know claiming they can marry among the opposite sex is a ridiculous argument. They are consenting adults who are being denied the right to marry each other. Why is it even any of anyone else's business?
What especially galls me about the resistance to gay marriage is that permitting it would require very few changes to ancillary laws. Whether talking about inheritance, divorce, custody, insurance, etc... extraordinarily few laws distinguish between the male and female spouse.
 

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The argument "Gays have the same rights because they can marry whomever they please of the opposite sex, just like anyone else" is horse shit, and Bachmann knows it. The same logic justified segregation, after all, black people could still ride the bus, couldn't they? Luckily, Bachmann is an extremist outlier now, unlikely to end up anywhere besides her seat in Congress and maybe frequent appearances on Fox News. And gays will get marriage rights.
 
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Trust Bachmann to completely miss the point. Same sex couples do not have equal marital rights. As a lawyer, she should, and more than likely does, know claiming they can marry among the opposite sex is a ridiculous argument. They are consenting adults who are being denied the right to marry each other. Why is it even any of anyone else's business?
Bachman knew exactly what the point was...she was being facetious. The girl should've just laid into Bachman, reamed her a new asshole, made her and her Bierputsch cronies squirm.